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221.649.81 INTRODUCTION TO M-HEALTH AND E-HEALTH IN LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES

Department: International Health
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Edward Bunker
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:
Description:

Introduces core principles and methods for implementing mHealth and eHealth interventions in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC). Through case studies and interactions with practitioners, students articulate basic requirements for mHealth applications and eHealth systems; consider approaches to assess applications of information and communication technologies; and identify and discuss challenges for deploying mHealth and eHealth systems in LMIC. Lecture topics include: orientation to mHealth, eHealth, and health informatics; frameworks for evaluating mHealth and eHealth systems; systems development methods; use case narratives; data and workflow diagramming; and electronic health record systems (EHRs). Different applications are used for instructional purposes in the course, including VoiceThread and MagPi. Students work in groups for selected assignments. Students complete several quizzes and individual assignments, including a final presentation in VoiceThread.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Articulate basic definitions and terms relevant to mHealth, eHealth, and Informatics
Apply frameworks and other tools in the assessment and evaluation of mHealth and eHealth projects
Consider how to elicit health-related needs and goals and determine if and how information technology can help meet those needs and goals
Assist public health agencies and donors to develop or select information and communication technology to better solve problems and achieve objectives in LMIC
Describe basic system requirements for proposed systems and applications by writing “Use Case Scenarios" and requirement statements
Prepare work flow and/or data flow diagrams
Describe and be familiar with the basic functions of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System and discuss the potential role an appropriately applied EHR System might play within an eHealth ecosystem
Examine and describe a variety of current mHealth and eHealth initiatives
Critically discuss and debate current eHealth and mHealth issues, challenges, and opportunities

Methods of Assessment: Quizzes (15%); Participation (10%); Individual Assignments (20%); Group Assignments (15%); Final Presentation and Critique (40%)
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail