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INFO-B 444 Consumer Health Informatics

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: On-Campus
  • This course explores how technologies are used to deliver healthcare to the public. Topics include access to patient data and privacy issues, consumer access to clinical information and current research, the design and development of consumer health information resources, health literacy and health information literacy, information quality, and models for information delivery, including the Internet.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, students will:

    1. Describe, compare, and evaluate informatics approaches to consumer health information and patient care, including web-based healthcare delivery, eHealth models, mHealth models, social networking, news groups, chat rooms, e-mail, telephone and telehealth tools, and body sensors.
    2. Define and explain barriers to the adoption of informatics tools and resources for delivering healthcare, including the impact of
      technology-driven healthcare on consumer decision-making, self-management, and self-care.
    3. Analyze and describe the changing relationships between healthcare consumers, patients, and providers and how these changes are driven by and are driving health informatics. Recommend strategies for using informatics approaches and technologies to enhance relationships among patients, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
    4. Analyze social and ethical issues related to online, digitized, and technology-based (sensors, mHealth, eHealth, etc.) health information and care delivery and how they affect healthcare delivery and outcomes.
    5. Describe trends and best practices in consumer health informatics.
    6. Apply human and patient-centered design theories and best practices to the development of consumer health information tools and resources.
    7. Explain the roles of the U.S. federal government and professional organizations in driving and responding to the development and proliferation of consumer health informatics and how this influences policy decisions at local, regional, and national levels.
    8. Describe, and explain relevant health policies, HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act, and other relevant legislation (state and federal).
    9. Use standardized methods for evaluating the quality of health information; recommend strategies for ensuring best practices in patient-centered design and information quality.
    10. Demonstrate outstanding professional skills including relationships with classmates and colleagues, accountability, active listening, and ethical behavior.


    There is not a syllabus available for this course.