HPCH 689 mHealth: Mobile technologies for public health

Course Description

In this online course, students will learn how mobile technologies are revolutionizing approaches to patient care, point-of-care support for health workers, health education, diagnostics, diseases monitoring and surveillance, and healthcare management. Through case studies, multimedia tutorials, interactive class projects, and guest lectures, students will understand the current mHealth application in public health settings, including mobile technology in health service delivery, online health resources, consumer health informatics, mHealth in surveillance and monitoring, e-research, mHealth ethics and regulations. This course is NOT about designing an app; instead, we’ll focus on existing technologies and low-cost tools. We’ll also go through the process of developing and evaluating an mHealth program. We will present a broad range of perspectives on mHealth in public health settings, including those from governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and international organizations.

Most teaching and course activities will be online (eCampus and other interactive sites).

The class will meet 3 times during the semester at the convenience of all students for group projects.


Topics covered

  • Public health informatics
  • Consumer mHealth tools
  • E-surveillance
  • Electronic health records
  • mHealth communication
  • New social media
  • mHealth in resource poor settings 
  • Global health application
  • Ethics concerns
  • Federal regulations (FDA, FTC, HIPAA)