Modeling Biomedical Systems: Ontology, Terminology, Problem Solving


Stanford School of Medicine



The abundance of data in the life sciences and the widespread adoption of electronic health records have spawned a rapidly growing industry that works towards the proper management and intelligent use of biomedical data.

This course provides an introduction to semantic technology in biomedicine, providing a platform for understanding how computers are being used to communicate knowledge and integrate data in the health care and life sciences fields. Students will learn about current trends in the development of advanced biomedical software systems and acquire hands-on experience with several systems and tools.


CS106A, basic familiarity with biology

Topics include

  • Modeling ontologies
  • Knowledge representations
  • Semantic web standards and data
  • Probabilistic reasoning
  • Clinical systems 
  • Controlled terminology
  • Modeling for health IT and biomedical data
  • Decision theory and cognitive biases

Note on Course Availability

This course is typically offered Winter quarter.

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