The “Mobile Phones for Public Health” course will examine how mobile technologies are revolutionizing approaches to patient management, health education, diagnostics, and logistics, among other relevant topics. Through case studies, guest expert interviews, multimedia tutorials, interactive exercises, and live demonstrations of tools, participants will explore topics like SMS communication, smartphone apps, and health information systems for data collection and management.
The two organizations partnered to create the course based on “pervasive interest in the topic of mobile health and the need to develop more skills and exchange of best practices among practitioners in the sector,” according to a joint release. “We’re excited about this partnership opportunity with the mHealth Alliance to not only bring in the best facilitators, speakers, and practices on mobile health, but also to shape the conversation leading up to the mHealth Summit,” said Nick Martin, co-founder and president of TechChange. “Along with engaging with leaders in the field, participants will join an emerging community of practice and further develop the Alliance’s Health Unbound network.”
The course is set to run from November 12th through December 7th and will overlap with the 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. “With the tremendous expansion in the field of mHealth, there is huge demand for capacity-building support that can help ensure the smart, strategic, and sustainable use of mobile tools to improve health outcomes,” added Patty Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance. “This course with TechChange aims to promote proven approaches to mobile technology integration to strengthen health systems and to advance conversations around topics that matter most to the mHealth community.”