SPECIAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH: ADVANCED TOPICS IN MOBILE HEALTH (MHEALTH) Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the mHealth research and evaluation literature
- Describe “best practices” and methods for conducting mHealth research
- Develop and critique an mHealth research or evaluation plan
- Identify and define health system or public health principles underlying mHealth / ICT-based program or research activities.
Explores mHealth as a rapidly evolving domain of activity on the global health landscape. Acquaints students with the evidence base around mHealth strategies, which are still evolving. Introduces students to the landscape of mHealth technologies and applications through readings, discussions and critique of current literature. Focuses on critically evaluating past and present mHealth projects, research, and evaluation efforts. Exposes students to current best practices for research in mHealth, ranging from research designs to demonstrate efficacy to project performance mixed-methods evaluation frameworks. Students propose, develop, and critique projects which they might intend to pursue in either their future student work (thesis, dissertation, or practicum) and/or their future professional career. Students may choose to develop a proposal for funding submission or use as a thesis proposal.
Doctoral students considering a mHealth-related thesis; Masters students intending to include mHealth or mobile / ICT components into their field practica or capstone research activities.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Active participation; Written assignment; Preparation of a written mHealth evaluation plan; Peer-Critique
Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail
221.649 or previous mHealth experience; Principles of Epidemiology (340.601) or Epidemiology Methods (340.751) or Fundamentals of Epidemiology (550.694.81) or equivalent. Knowledge or experience with research and/or evaluation design also necessary. Please contact corresponding instructor prior to registering to confirm that you have appropriate background.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.