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223.843.01 Special Studies and Research: Advanced Topics in Mobile Health (Mhealth)


International Health
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 6:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Edward Bunker
Course Instructors:

221.649 or previous mHealth experience; Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) or Epidemiology Methods (340.751) or Fundamentals of Epidemiology (550.694.81) or equivalent. Knowledge or experience with research and/or evaluation design also necessary. Please contact corresponding instructor prior to registering to confirm that you have appropriate background.


Explores mHealth as a rapidly evolving domain of activity on the global health landscape. Acquaints students with the evidence base around mHealth strategies, which are still evolving. Introduces students to the landscape of mHealth technologies and applications through readings, discussions and critique of current literature. Focuses on critically evaluating past and present mHealth projects, research, and evaluation efforts. Exposes students to current best practices for research in mHealth, ranging from research designs to demonstrate efficacy to project performance mixed-methods evaluation frameworks. Students propose, develop, and critique projects which they might intend to pursue in either their future student work (thesis, dissertation, or practicum) and/or their future professional career. Students may choose to develop a proposal for funding submission or use as a thesis proposal.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the mHealth research and evaluation literature
  2. Describe “best practices” and methods for conducting mHealth research
  3. Develop and critique an mHealth research or evaluation plan
  4. Identify and define health system or public health principles underlying mHealth / ICT-based program or research activities.
Methods of Assessment:

Active participation; Written assignment; Preparation of a written mHealth evaluation plan; Peer-Critique

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Students need to articulate a brief project idea to be granted consent for enrolment in the course.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Seminar will run for 5 Thursday late afternoons in Q4, with out-of-class interactions with faculty as needed. Proposed timing is Thursday 3:30- 6:30PM