AIM-AHEAD Introductory Course: AI for Health Care Applications

Enrollment Oct 2 - Starts Oct 19 2023

This self-guided course presents basic concepts underlying AI/ML as applied to health care data. NOTE: Enrollment starts Oct2, Kick-Off on Oct 19th. In Fall 2023 interactive office hours via Zoom are being offered with the course developers to answer question and review materials as needed. The launch date is Oct. 19 with an orientation session about the course, tentative calendar, pre-training survey, questions and answers about the course. 

The course content is organized as a series of self-contained python notebooks, each with an accompanying recorded tutorial and example datasets. The notebooks provide a written narrative of the python libraries that are used to clean/build training sets, define AI model architecture, and evaluate model performance. Help sessions with some live presentations will also be provided. 

NOTE: The course uses Google Colab to work with the notebooks and you will need a google account. It is possible  to use them in another Jupyter notebook environments but we cannot provide support for if their are problems.

The content is intended for those who are able to write basic code in a python notebook, but do not have a background in statistical learning or experience implementing basic machine learning libraries. Although there are no required prerequisites to enroll in the course, participants will benefit from having some basic python skills and a willingness to learn more. 

Designed to meet the level of Masters Degree graduate students, it is also suitable for motivated undergraduates and  independent learning.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn to apply basic machine learning algorithms to example datasets, and extend those methods to their own data. This includes...

  • Formatting data into appropriate formats for model training and validation.
  • Training and evaluating predictive classification models 
  • how to tune and improve model performance

Course Structure

The course has five modules:

  1. Introduction to Classification
  2. Unsupervised Learning: K-means Clustering
  3. Handling Non-linearity, Model Complexity, and Regularization 
  4. Model Selection, Hyperparameter Tuning, and Evaluation
  5. Introduction to Neural Networks 

Instrumental Persons

We would like to recognize and express our gratitude to the following people who shared in the creation and implementation of this course:

  • Matthew McCoy, PhD, Georgetown University
  • Samir Gupta, PhD, Georgetown University
  • Aidan Hoyal, MSIS, MA, Communications Hub, AIM-AHEAD

This course is expected to open for enrollment on October 2nd, 2023, after which we will provide more information on how to join live lectures and attend office hours. 

Screenshot from a sample notebook: