Postgraduate Course: Consumer Health Informatics (GLHE11035)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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 changing this. Key underpinning issues include information provenance and the flipping of the so-called power pyramid from medical experts to informed consumers. It also considers the new role of citizens and ┐expert patients┐ as co-producers and curators of health information, and mediators of health decision making.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Collated forum postings: 30%
|No Exam Information
| Students completing this course will:
-Identify a broad range of digital tools for aiding healthcare decisions and informing knowledge amongst patients and healthy citizens.
-Describe the core principles of health communication theory and behaviour change.
- Analyse how consumers and experts judge the prominence of health information and advice.
- Evaluate the role ICTs such as email and voice-over IP are playing in consumers' expectations for healthcare consultations.
- Compare and contrast the ways in which healthy people and those with long term illnesses are using ICT to promote and maintain wellness.
- Examine how citizen-centred digital health might be democratising health decision making.
-Explore the different needs of citizens in lower versus higher income settings.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate a range of consumer health informatics tools.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Delivered via online distance learning
|Course organiser||Dr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
|Course secretary||Dr Evgeniya Plotnikova
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679