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221.649.81 E-HEALTH AND M-HEALTH: USING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE HEALTH IN LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES

Department: International Health
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Edward Bunker
Academic Year: 2011 - 2012
Course Instructors:
  • Edward Bunker
  • Bill Weiss
Description:

Explores eHealth and mHealth in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC). Students consider practical approaches to assess appropriate application of information and communication technologies to solve public health problems and improve health. Students also identify and discuss challenges for developing and deploying eHealth and mHealth systems. Through analysis of case studies and interactions with practitioners, students assess and articulate requirements for eHealth and mHealth systems. Covers current topics and issues, including: “lessons-learned” from recent mobile health initiatives; challenges of creating, developing, and supporting systems within low-bandwidth or no-bandwidth environments; electronic health records (EHRs); role of mobile data collection within program monitoring and evaluation; and role and use of open source systems. Although not exclusively, faculty and guest lecturers will draw upon their work and experiences related to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
articulate basic definiitions and terms relevant to eHealth, mHealth, and Informatics
apply frameworks and other tools in the assessment and evaluation of ICT projects
assist public health agencies and donors to develop or select ICT to better achieve objectives in LMIC and critically participate in discussions about basic system requirements for proposed systems
write "Use Case" narratives and requirement statements
discuss and debate current eHealth and mHealth issues and challenges

Methods of Assessment: Individual assignments (10%); Quizzes (10%); Exercises (10%) participation in group work and discussion (20%); two case study write-ups (30%); exploration of one emerging ICT, eHealth, or mHealth initiative (20%).
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Section 81 (Distance Education) will involve 5 pre-scheduled Live Talks, with dates and times to be posted on the Distance Education web-site. Please plan accordingly.