Postgraduate Course: Public Health Informatics (GLHE11037)
|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||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The 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 PBL questions.
Students will be expected to produce a 2500 word essay by the end of the course.
Public health informatics is the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning. This course provides a broad overview of the field, taking account of classic public health information delivery, core principles of epidemiology, health inequalities and health behaviour change, as well as the implications of massive linked datasets for research and policy, and the value of emerging mobile and social technologies for health surveillance. It will discuss the issues from an international perspective, with reference to global public health needs and the emergence of innovative digital systems and analytics
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Collated forum postings: 30%
||Formative feedback will be given throughout the course through the discussion boards. Summative assessment feedback is also provided via LEARN at the end of the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the main global public health challenges faced by health systems today
- Recognise the value of digital information management systems for supporting healthcare systems, and their role in the monitoring and evaluation of public health.
- Discuss the political, economic and technical challenges to health systems integration.
- Critically discuss the current and future role of the internet and social media in public health
- Examine ethical dilemmas related to digital information, tools and services
|Book: O-Carroll et al (2010) Public Health Informatics and Information Systems. Springer http://www.amazon.co.uk/Public-Health-Informatics-Information-Systems/dp/1441930183#_ |
Online Journal of Public Health Informatics. http://ojphi.org/index
Paul M.J. & Dredze M (2011) You Are What You Tweet: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health. Proceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM11/paper/viewFile/2880/3264
Yasnoff, W.A., O┐Carroll, P.W., Koo, D., Linkins, R.W. and Kilbourne, E.M. (2000) Public health informatics: improving and transforming public health in the information age. J Public Health Management Practice, 6(6), 67-75. http://www.uic.edu/sph/prepare/courses/ph420/resources/PHInformatics.pdf
Up-to-date articles and web links will be selected each time the course runs.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Understands where eHealth/health informatics and Public Health intersect and is able to explain this to others
Is familiar with core concerns of public health and the core principles of epidemiology
Is aware of the value of information infrastructures for improving the capacity of public health systems to manage patients and improve outcomes
Can describe innovative uses of digital media for public health communication, health behaviour change and health monitoring.
Understands the need for and challenges of public health informatics in the 21st century.
||Delivered via online distance learning
||No study abroad option
|Course organiser||Dr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
|Course secretary||Ms Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679