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Digital and Mobile Health Research in Public Mental Health

4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Johannes Thrul

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


Introduces students to digital and mobile health (mHealth) research in mental health. Covers a wide range of digital health topics and studies on mental and behavioral health conditions. Topics will include using digital health for research participant recruitment, assessment and data collection, as well as mental and behavioral health intervention development and delivery. Offers hands-on experience in digital and mobile health study design and data collection. Provides students a comprehensive overview over of the digital and mobile health field in mental health and encourages creative thinking about how these research methods can be applied.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain different study designs and approached of digital health research studies.
  2. Discuss common strengths and shortcomings impacting study quality in the digital health space.
  3. Identify how digital health methods can be applied in the student’s own area of interest.
  4. Plan, design, and conduct their own digital health data collection projects.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Discussion Board
  • 15% Final Presentation
  • 60% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Instruction methods will be recorded didactic lectures, online forum discussions, online live talks, and student-led online presentations.