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223.844.01 Special Studies and Research: Lab Seminar in Mobile Data Collection


International Health
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Edward Bunker
Course Instructors:

221.649.81 (eHealth/mHealth) and/or practical experiences with mobile technology are recommended, but not necessary.


Since mobile data collection (using tablets, smartphones, etc.) is becoming common practice in global health, particularly with the current interest in “mHealth,” this hands-on lab/workshop introduces students to a variety of common applications used for mobile data collection, for example: Magpi; TextIt; FrontlineSMS; etc. Students will configure, set-up, and use these tools, focusing on practical applications and identification and mediation of the technical and data management challenges related to their system. For a final project, students select an appropriate tool and develop a data collection interface and process. Working in teams, students test and refine their system. As an alternative, students may choose to develop and present an in-depth case study of a past Mobile Data Collection effort.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Compare and critique a variety of Mobile Data Collection tools
  2. Apply or evaluate Mobile Data Collection tools in real-world research or evaluation settings
  3. Develop and analyze the feasibility and operational uses of digital data collection tools
Methods of Assessment:

Final Project 80%, participation 20%.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students will work in teams. Each team will need to have access to a laptop and at least one android or apple device during classes. All students are encouraged to bring these devices.