04-801/A2-Carnegie Mellon University Africa - Carnegie Mellon University


mHealth Technologies

Course discipline: General
Units: 6
Lecture/Lab/Rep hours/week: 2 X 1 hour 40 minutes / 50 minutes recitation
Semester/year offered: Fall/all years
Pre-requisites:Research Methods 

Course description:

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are providing a variety of new mobile applications that are changing the way people view health services. This mini course will educate students on the state of art applications of mobile technologies for health in both the developed and developing countries, and draw parallels and differences between the two. The material will cover four areas of current mHealth: health education, adherence and retention, monitoring and prevention, and use of mobile phones as medical devices. Students will read papers from fields where mHealth is currently making progress such as maternal and child health, non-communicable disease management, HIV and drug resistant TB monitoring.

Learning objectives:

Every week we will read two research papers on mhealth from the leading journals. Students are expected to write a review of those papers. There will be no exams and the final will be a paper summarizing and analyzing the material. Every student is expected to contribute to the class paper and will be graded individually on the submitted material. 


After completing this course, students should be able to: read and analyze literature in the field, be familiar with latest work in the mHealth field, conduct independent research in that space.

Content details:

The course will cover the following topics:
  • Survey papers on mhealth
  • Adherence
  • Monitoring
  • Health Education
  • Using mobile phones as medical equipment
Faculty: Suzana Brown