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Introduction to Design and Implementation of Digital Health Programs in Lmic Settings

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Governments and health organizations are increasingly keen on digital health. Healthcare leaders are required to work at the intersection of health and technology, bringing together teams with diverse skills in health and computer science. But is a digital intervention appropriate for your health program? How can you set it up to effectively scale from the outset?
Provides an understanding of different types of digital interventions in healthcare. Reviews existing "global goods" and tools that are helpful in planning digital programs. Examines effective implementation strategies to make digital programs effective using case studies. Reviews critical team skills needed for implementation and scale. Explores emerging analytic methodologies to monitor digital programs. Prepares students to become effective decision-makers and digital health leaders.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify key types of digital interventions and standard terminology used to describe them
  2. Explain appropriate tools, resources, frameworks available to plan effective digital health programs
  3. Discuss evidence and best-practice informed digital interventions for scale
  4. Apply emerging analytic methods towards monitoring and evaluating digital health programs
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% In-Class Participation
  • 50% Presentation(s)
  • 25% Reflections (pre-class)
Special Comments

There will be overlap between this course and "Introduction to digital health in low and middle income countries" (221.648.81). Due to this, it is recommended that degree-seeking students who are interested in both courses should select to enroll in one of these courses, not both. Requires about 12 hours of pre-course readings, listening to lectures, and weekly participation in the discussion forum, starting June 2, 2021.