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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Global eHealth (GLHE11031)

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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 PBL questions.
Students will be expected to produce 2500 word essay by the end of the course.
Course description This course considers the emergence and use of health information technology in high, medium and low income countries and the technological, social, cultural, political and structural factors influencing this. It pays particular attention to the challenges and opportunities presented by eHealth in supporting public health and patient care in low income countries, and its implications for wider development. Students will be encouraged to consider the policy context of eHealth in different countries and the World Health Organisations eHealth strategy, as well as broader issues around inequalities, globalisation and capacity building.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the key features and trajectories of eHealth policies in low, medium and high income countries
  2. Be able to describe a range of socio-political, economic and cultural influences on the appropriateness and effectiveness of eHealth
  3. Appreciate the need for contextual awareness when planning eHealth design, procurement or evaluation
  4. Examine innovative uses of ICT for obtaining and sharing data for public health and research and the role of ICT in strengthening health systems.
  5. Analyse some of the challenges of ehealth interventions in lower income settings e.g growing the workforce and conducting an evaluation.
Reading List
World Health Organisation eHealth Strategy 2016 (in press)

Health Affairs 2010. Special Issue dedicated to eHealth for lower income countries.

Additional papers and grey literature, as pertinent to each topic.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills -Can describe the WHO approach to eHealth facilitation, monitoring and evaluation.
-Is able to describe key features of eHealth infrastructure in high and low resource settings
-Is aware of the ways in which different technological solutions are suited to different context
- Can describe the key technical, systemic and sociological challenges for eHealth progress in LMIC
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning
KeywordsGlobal eHealth
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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