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Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Edward Bunker
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Critically evaluate the mHealth research and evaluation literature
Describe “best practices” and methods for conducting mHealth research
Develop and critique an mHealth research or evaluation plan
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
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 6:30
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

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

For consent, contact:

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.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
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