University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Launches First-of-Its-Kind AI in Medicine Certificate Program for Healthcare Professionals

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URBANA, Ill., July 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has launched a new certificate program for AI in medicine through an interdisciplinary partnership between the department of bioengineering of the Grainger College of Engineering, the Carle Illinois College the medicine and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. This self-paced online certificate program provides healthcare professionals with a conceptual understanding of AI and its applications through real-world medical case studies using machine learning models. The cost of this program is $ 750 and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available upon graduation and are supported by the Carle Health System and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign launches first AI in Medicine certificate program for healthcare professionals.

Artificial intelligence will have a significant impact in all health systems. Current uses of AI in healthcare include disease diagnostics, health monitoring, electronic health record enhancement, and clinical decision support. However, existing AI training courses in the market are largely aimed at students with programming skills who plan to develop AI tools. The aim of this course is to introduce clinicians to the key concepts and applications of AI in medicine. This course is aimed at doctors, medical assistants, medical students, nurses, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians. “We started this program to meet an urgent need for AI training in healthcare,” said Mark A. Anastasio, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and Head of Bioengineering.

The AI ​​in Medicine program is divided into six modules and is led by Dr. Kevin R. Teal, an employed neurosurgeon at Carle Foundation Hospital:

  • Module 1 – Establish key concepts of artificial intelligence and machine learning and recognize their differences.
  • Module 2 – Deep insight into sub-areas of machine learning and statistical learning using clinical examples.
  • Module 3 – Understand how to train artificial neural networks to learn from data through deep learning.
  • Module 4 – Consider the value of medical data and the role of clinicians in developing and training machine learning tools.
  • Module 5 – Explore ethical, regulatory, and legal issues in using machine learning models in clinical settings.
  • Module 6 – Explore real-world applications of AI in medicine for diagnosing disease, interpreting tests, and processing electronic health records.

At the end of this course, students will be able to read literature on artificial intelligence in medicine, understand how data-driven decisions are made and evaluated, identify and define different types of artificial intelligence tools and techniques that are used in the Medicine, and actively participate in the selection and purchase of AI-based medical software. This program enables healthcare providers to work more effectively with computer scientists and to interact with providers.

“The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a global hub where technological innovation meets medical advances, “said Anastasio. One example is the creation of The Carle Illinois College of Medicine in 2018, the world’s first engineering medical school aiming to train the next generation of medical innovators to connect technology and healthcare.

Illinois is a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. Within the Bioengineering department, the faculties use AI to compile digital biopsies, diagnose diseases and synthesize novel materials. Significant government and private investments have also been made to further accelerate AI-related breakthroughs Illinois including 10 years $ 200 million Investment by IBM to create the Discovery Accelerator Institute.

As part of this certificate, students receive exclusive access to the experts for artificial intelligence at the university through weekly virtual consultation hours. “Our goal is to prepare students on this program to lead the future of medicine,” said Anastasio.

About the Grainger College of Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of the world’s leading engineering institutions and a globally recognized leader in engineering education, research and public engagement. With a diverse, close-knit community of lecturers, students and alumni, Grainger Engineering sets the standard for excellence in engineering, drives innovation in business and brings revolutionary ideas into the world. Through powerful research and discovery, our faculty, staff, students and alumni are transforming our world and making advances previously only dreamed of including MRI, LED, ILIAC, mosaic, YouTube, flexible electronics, electrical machines, miniature batteries and the mapping of the Black hole and flight on Mars. The brightest minds in the world from Grainger College of Engineering face today’s toughest challenges. And they are building a better, cooler, and safer future. Visit for more information.

About Carle Illinois College of medicine

At Carle Illinois College, we use technology and innovation to improve the human condition. As the world’s first medical engineering school, we use advanced technology to train innovative physicians who deliver better, more empathetic, and accessible care to patients around the world. Involving creative minds in a case-based, problem-based, active learning program with early clinical immersion is just one way we are setting new standards for medical education.

About the University of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to educating future veterinarians and biomedical scientists, making discoveries that improve animal, human and environmental health, facilitate the establishment of safe food supplies, and provide excellent clinical and diagnostic care for animals with full service Teaching hospital, veterinary diagnostic laboratory and regional clinics.

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Media contact:
The Grainger University of Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Huan song (Department of Bioengineering)
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