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Introduction to Design and Implementation of Digital Health Programs in Lmic Settings


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Mon 06/15/2020 - Thu 06/18/2020
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th,  8:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Smisha Kaysin

Governments and health organizations are increasingly keen on digital health. Healthcare leaders are required to work at the intersection of health and technology, bringing together teams with diverse skills in health and computer science. But is a digital intervention appropriate for your health program? How can you set it up to effectively scale from the outset?

Provides an understanding of different types of digital interventions in healthcare. Reviews existing "global goods" and tools that are helpful in planning digital programs. Examines effective implementation strategies to make digital programs effective using case studies. Reviews critical team skills needed for implementation and scale. Explores emerging analytic methodologies to monitor digital programs. Prepares students to become effective decision-makers and digital health leaders.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify key types of digital interventions and standard terminology used to describe them
  2. Explain appropriate tools, resources, frameworks available to plan effective digital health programs
  3. Discuss evidence and best-practice informed digital interventions for scale
  4. Apply emerging analytic methods towards monitoring and evaluating digital health programs
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 70% Presentation(s)
  • 20% Group Project(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

There will be overlap between this course and "Introduction to digital health in low and middle income countries" (221.648.81). Due to this, it is recommended that degree-seeking students who are interested in both courses should select to enroll in one of these courses, not both.