This online course examines the impact and potential of mobile devices for health, a growing area of importance since many health organizations have or are thinking about creating apps. Using design methodologies, students will conceptualize and design health apps that incorporate evidence-based guidelines and capitalize on the mobility, portability, and input/output capabilities of smartphones and tablets. We will consider the mobile user experience: how healthcare consumers locate health apps and decide to download and try them; how they use health apps and why they sustain or abandon use; and health benefits, focusing on how apps educate, connect, track, and remind and if they do so at the request of their owner or in a proactive and/or predictive way. We will also examine global use of mobile devices. Finally, we will look at big data and predictive analytics, sensors, Google Glass, and other devices.
The course is a mixture of lecture and discussion, with guest lecturers bringing their expertise and perspectives, and work in teams to design health apps using the techniques covered in class. Course lecture and discussions will use Adobe Connect and teams will use Google+ Hangouts. The course is offered to healthcare professionals and to students for credit and a final paper is required for students taking the course for credit. Enrollment is limited to 20.
Dates & Location
The course will take place between May 22—June 26, 2013. Individual class sessions will take place between 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday and Wednesday with an additional session each week for teams.
Enroll in Mobile Health Design online. Registration costs $1,500 non-credit, $1,200 early discount before April 21, 2013. Current Tufts graduate students may enroll in the course through the Registrar’s Student Information System (SIS).
Class size is limited to 20. Past students came from organizations including NYU Silver School of Social Work, Yale University, UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience.
Contact the course director, Lisa Gualtieri with any questions.