Description: Consumer health informatics (CHI) gives health care consumers information and tools to facilitate their engagement. Students will become familiar with, and evaluate, a range of CHI applications. They will also assess the needs and technological practices of potential users, generate theory-informed design and implementation strategies, and select appropriate evaluation approaches.
Course Goals: LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1. Compare and evaluate a range of consumer health informatics (CHI) applications.
2. Generate CHI design and implementation principles and guidelines that incorporate theories from the behavioral, social and environmental sciences.
3. Assess consumers' health-related needs, resources and technology-oriented practices, and evaluate their implications for CHI applications.
4. Plan the design, implementation and evaluation of a new, theory-informed CHI application to address the health need(s) of a particular audience.
5. Develop a commitment to CHI practice with diverse user groups.
Competencies: 2. Describe and apply relevant theories, concepts, and models from social and behavior science that are used in public health research and practice to both understand and affect health status, health behavior, social change, and policy.
f) Understand the merits of using theory to inform interventions and their evaluation in public health.
4. Apply basic principles of research and evaluation methodology relevant to understanding and modifying health status and health behavior from a social ecological perspective (e.g. individual, family, community, and society) within and across settings and countries with varying levels of economic resources.
c) Understand and appropriately apply the major types of evaluation (e.g. formative, outcome, process).
5. Plan, implement, and manage health education and health promotion programs across diverse settings and populations from a social-ecological perspective within and across settings and countries with varying levels of economic resources.
a) Identify, explain, and apply the appropriate intervention strategy (e.g. policy advocacy, mass media, community organizing, social marketing, one on one counseling) to specific health problems and conditions.
b) Identify, explain, and apply the appropriate level of intervention (e.g. individual, family, community, policy).
c) Apply evidence-based approaches to the development and evaluation of public health programs.
6. Describe and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to interact with diverse individuals and communities within and across settings and countries with varying levels of economic resources.
d) Design, implement, and evaluate culturally appropriate interventions for diverse individuals and communities.