CONCEPTS, THEORIES, AND CURRENT TRENDS IN HEALTH INFORMATICS Syllabus

315.600.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
TTh 1:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe key definitions and concepts that are used in the field of health informatics
    • Explore the current trends and topics in the field of health informatics (m-health, population health, clinical informatics, Meaningful use, Health Information exchanges, interoperability, etc.)
    • Exercise the different roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in informatics projects, through mock development meetings to build and evaluate health information systems.
    • Effectively communicate basic informatics needs from the point of view of the health professional and the IT specialist through mock stake holder interviews.
  • Course Description

    Introduces students to commonly-used terminology and concepts in health informatics; it is more than just the building and programming of databases and IT. Explores many definitions for informatics, and the difference between public health, population health, and clinical informatics, along with ways to evaluate Health IT through studying informatics frameworks and in-class activities. Offers students a look into the current developments, policies, and trends in the field of informatics from CMS’s Meaningful use, Health Information Exchanges, and the growing use of mobile and electronic technology for provider and consumer use. Students have the chance to speak with researchers and developer in the field of mHealth. Students also participate in mock meetings where they assume roles of the different stakeholders that are typically at the table when building new information systems.

  • Intended Audience

    iMPH students and any student interested in an introductory informatics course

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: 10% attendance; 20% participation in class discussion and activities; 40% in class activities; 30% paper relating to the in-class activity and concepts learned in the class

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services: baddison@jhsph.edu, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.