Mobile technologies and networks are increasingly expanding in their sophistication and capacity, and new applications are enhancing the ways in which individuals interact and engage in transactions- resulting in widespread systems disruption. In global health, mobile technologies are beginning to show improvements in access to health services, information, quality of care, and efficiency, yielding time and cost savings in addressing Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, universal access to health care, meeting the information and learning needs of frontline health workers, and other pressing health issues. Increasingly, Ministries of Health, industry, NGOs, and various bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and organizations are looking toward mobile phones as a critical element within their strategies for improving health outcomes and well-being. Many have expressed great interest in becoming better informed consumers and implementers of mHealth.
To support this demand, TechChange is pleased to announce the upcoming session of a four-week online certificate course on mHealth: Mobile Phones for Public Health. To meet the learning needs of the global health and development community on the topic of mobile health (mHealth), as well as the need to develop skills and exchange best practices among practitioners in the sector.
The Mobile Phones for Public Health course will examine how mobile technologies are revolutionizing approaches to patient care and management, point-of-care support for health workers, health education, diagnostics, and supply chain management and logistics. Through case studies, guest expert interviews, multimedia tutorials, interactive exercises, and live demonstrations of tools, participants will explore delivery mechanisms, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR), SMS (text message) communication programs, smartphone applications, and health information systems for data collection and management. The course aims to present a broad range of perspectives on mHealth, including those from to governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and bilateral and multi-lateral organizations and donors from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Course Topics and Featured Tech
- Week 1: Introduction to Mobile Health
- Week 2: Strengthening Health Systems
- Week 3: Citizen-Centered Health
- Week 4: Future of mHealth