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221.649.81 Introduction to M-Health and E-Health in Low and Middle-Income Countries

International Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Edward Bunker
Course Instructor s:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate basic definitions and terms relevant to mHealth, eHealth, and Informatics
  2. Apply frameworks and other tools in the assessment and evaluation of mHealth and eHealth projects
  3. Assist public health agencies and donors to develop or select information and communication technology to better solve problems and achieve objectives in LMIC
  4. Critically participate in discussions about basic system requirements for proposed systems
  5. Write a "Use Case Narrative,” apply requirements documentation tools, prepare a data flow diagram
Methods of Assessment:

Final Case Study Presentation * 30%
Quizzes (Best 3 of 4) 15%
Mobile Data Collection (Group Components) 15%
Attendance at Live Talk #4 (Final Presentations) * 5%
EHR Discussion (Group) 5%
Contributions to Discussion Forum 5%
Critique of 2 Final Case Study Presentations * 5%
Live Talk participation (#1-#3) 5%
Use Cases and Requirements Exercise 5%
Workflow Diagram Exercise 5%
mHealth Journal 5%

*NOTE: The Final Case Study Presentation has several graded components, which in total constitute 40% of the course grade: 30% for the development of a recorded presentation using VoiceThread; 5% for providing critique to other students on their presentations; and 5% for attending Live Talk #4 during which students will be randomly selected to deliver their presentation to a larger "live" audience. The mechanics and logistics of the Final Case Study Presentation will be described in detail both in writing and during Live Talk #2.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required