About HITRAIN Program

What we are trying to do

HI-TRAIN stands for Health Informatics Training and Research in East Africa for Improved Health Care. HI-TRAIN was developed with the following specific aims:

  1. Provide post-graduate (Masters and PhD) level training in Health Informatics and research. The focus is on post-graduate training for health professionals and computer science personnel to help them become HI faculty at their institutions.
  2. Increase number of women and marginalized populations in faculty-level training in Health Informatics and research at the LMIC higher education institutions.
  3. Improve the quality and quantity of Health Informatics research conducted primarily by researchers based in the LMIC countries in collaboration with our Northern partners.
  4. Provide model curricula, educational programs and approaches for faculty-level health informatics training that can be emulated by regional higher education institutions.

Partners

HI-TRAIN is a partnership among 3 institutions.

Moi University is a Kenyan public university located in Eldoret, western Kenya. It was the second public university to be established in Kenya, after the University of Nairobi. It is one of seven fully fledged public institutions of higher learning in Kenya. It was established in 1984 by the Moi University Act of Parliament. The university is a regional leader in Health Informatics implementation and research. It provides healthcare services through its school of medicine to a catchment area of 3.5 million in western regions of Kenya through the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program.

Makerere Universityis Uganda‘s largest and second-oldest higher institution of learning, first established as a technical school in 1922.  In 1963 it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees from the University of London. It became an independent national university in 1970.

TheUniversity of Bergen is located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves more than 14,500 students, and is one of eight universities in Norway

Funding Agency

The program is funded by theNorwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED). NORHED aims at strengthening Higher Education institutions in Developing countries

General Approach to Education & Research

HI-TRAIN takes a regional and collaborative approach to improve faculty-level HI training and research. Our partners recognize that rather than working in parallel and isolation, it is important that different educational institutions, scientific disciplines and countries come together to develop shared methods and knowledge in Health Informatics informed by a variety of relevant perspectives. With complimentary contribution by each partner, we ground our training through practice, and focus on sustainable capacity building. HI-TRAIN encompasses all targeted dimensions, from graduate and post-graduate training and hands-on training through real world Health Informatics research practicums.