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Population and Consumer Health Informatics

3rd Term
MAS Office
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Population health, one of the pillars of Triple Aims, has changed the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. by propelling value-based care. The role of health information technology (HIT) is critical in achieving population health and hence succeeding in the value-based healthcare delivery. This course provides in-depth knowledge on how to utilize HIT to define and identify populations and sub-populations of interest, and describe the health status and needs of populations.
• Introduces students to concepts, methods, and issues related to the application of health information technology (HIT) to population health • Emphasizes the population health potential of comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), mobile health and telemedicine devices; and, consumer focused internet-based tools • Covers the uses of HIT to define and identify populations and sub-populations of interest, and describe the health status and needs of populations • Emphasizes the use of HIT within both local, regional and federal public health agencies and population-based private health care organizations such as integrated delivery systems and health insurance plans • Lessons are mainly U.S. oriented but are also applicable to other high and middle income countries
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Summarize population health informatics/HIT concepts, tools, methods and trends from the view of various stakeholders
  2. Describe HIT tools and methods that can be applied to characterize health status at the population level and to primary and secondary prevention
  3. Identify HIT tools and methods for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of health services
  4. Identify the benefits and challenges of “secondary use” of electronic medical records and other HIT modules for population health applications
  5. Describe the special issues and challenges associated with population health informatics within public health agencies, and private integrated delivery systems and health insurance plans
  6. Describe pertinent government policies that relate to the use of health informatics to improve population health including recent federal reform legislation and confidentiality regulations
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% LiveTalks
  • 40% Discussion Board
  • 45% Quizzes
  • 5% Introduction and setting your goals
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to OPAL MAS in Population Health Management students and Certificate in Population Health Management students