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Postgraduate Course: Patient e-Health (GLHE11050)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will be divided into 5 sessions, each lasting a week. Most sessions will contain written materials and presentations, accompanied by guided reading in the form of links to journal articles with problem-based learning questions.
Discussion of the content and reading materials will be posted to an online forum, along with students┐ answers to the Problem Based Learning (PBL) questions.Students will be expected to produce a 2000 word essay by the end of the course.
Course description This course focuses on eHealth tools and services for patients and members of the public, in an area traditionally referred to as Consumer Health Informatics. It considers the information needs of the lay person and how our increasing access to digital media on the internet, though mobiles and social networks is influencing healthcare delivery. Key underpinning issues include information provenance and changes in the balance of decision making between clinicians and informed patients. It also considers the new role of citizens and ┐expert patients┐ as co-producers and curators of health information, advocates for new forms of treatment and mediators of health decision making.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEnglish language requirements and previous degree level study required.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Course Start Date 30/04/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Collated forum postings in response to PBL questions: 30% (10% activity, 20% quality).Essay: 70%
Feedback Formative feedback provided throughout the course on the discussion boards. Summative assessment tutor feedback provided online via the LEARN platform.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a broad range of digital tools for aiding healthcare decisions and informing knowledge amongst patients and healthy citizens.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the core principles of health communication theory and behaviour change.
  3. Evaluate the use of technology to promote and maintain wellness and consider how technology has changed patients interactionwith health services.
  4. Describe how citizen-centred digital health is changing health decision making at local and national levels through a discussion of the differing needs of citizens in lower versus higher income settings.
  5. Evaluate a range of consumer health informatics tools.
Reading List
Nelson R & Ball M eds. (2010) Consumer Informatics: Applications and Strategies in Cyber Health Care. Springer.

Journals e.g. :
Journal of Medical Internet Research
(Open access)

Articles e.g.:
Kreps G.L., Neuhauser L. (2010) New directions in eHealth communication: Opportunities and challenges
Patient Education and Counseling, 78 (3) , pp. 329-336.

Reading sources will be updated each time the course runs.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Understands the history and development of Consumer Health Informatics as a discipline
- Can describe how the emergence of the digital society and recent forms of information and communication delivery are presenting new opportunities for the citizen and the patient.
- Recognises the contextual dependence of consumer health informatics.
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning
KeywordseHealth,patient,digital media,healthcare delivery,Global eHealth
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Jane Dumayne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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