The Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs) Program was designed to build workforce capacity in resource constrained environments to plan, develop, manage, and use health information and communications technology (HICT) applications, with the goal of improving the delivery of health care. With an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the Program worked with local partners to develop, implement, and evaluate training resources for distance and face-to-face learning on HICT topics. The Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP), the umbrella organization for global programs at the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), managed the HIBBs Program. The Rockefeller Foundation provided financial support for the HIBBs Program.

Local instructors can integrate HIBBs into a training program or curriculum by using the HIBB as is or by adapting it to meet local training needs. Alternatively, a HIBB module can be a stand-alone learning object for use by individuals as part of a distance learning program. To aid users in determining which HIBBs will meet their needs, the HIBBs project developed a framework that links the content in HIBB modules to HICT competency and curricular needs.

HIBBs modules were developed in collaboration with experts who were active in the delivery of health information and communication technology (HICT) training in sub-Saharan Africa. Each of these modules is an open educational resource designed to teach concepts related to current practices in health informatics and communications technology. To be considered a HIBB the material must be an open education learning module intended to be used in a low resource setting.

Fundamental Skills

Introduction  to Informatics

Health Information Systems

Ethics & Legal Issues

Data Quality


Leadership & Management

Training Tools

Health Informatics Building Blocks (HIBBs) Resources