Public Health Informatics [chapter]

Martin LaVenture, David A. Ross, William A. Yasnoff
2013 Biomedical Informatics  
Public health informatics is the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research and learning. This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of systemic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice. Students will acquire a basic understanding of informatics in public health practice, and be able to apply the skills of using some informatics tools in public health practices.
more » ... th practices. Course Materials: Government agency reports and strategic plans, presentations, videos/webinars, case studies and peer reviewed articles as assigned. Course Structure and Requirements: This course will use blackboard for the posting of all class-related materials. If you are not familiar with blackboard, you can log on to for a quick tutorial. In addition to having the necessary computer requirements to access blackboard, students will need to have access to a set of speakers/microphone for the live classroom exercises and chats. Students are required to abide by the rules described under Code of Conduct in the College of Osteopathic Medicine Student handbook for the current academic year. The same Handbook gives the policies and procedures for dealing with alleged violations of the Code of Conduct. FOR ASSISTANCE WITH TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS PLEASE CONTACT (954) 262-HELP Course Goals: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of principles and infrastructure public health information system. The goal is for students to understand the national strategic e-health plan as well as to understand the basic tools that can be applied to design, develop, implement, and evaluate public health information systems. 11. Articulate the informatics aspects of some common business processes used in public health; e.g., case management, surveillance, client registration, case investigation. 12. Identify stakeholder and user needs and goals related to information and knowledge management. Apply user-centered design techniques to determine information needs. 13. Articulate the business case/need for a public health information system. 14. Understand how project management elements including budget, scope, schedule and human resources, influence the design and implementation of a public health information system. 15. Describe the importance of leveraging health information to improve public health, personal health and other systems. Master of Public Health Program Core Competencies addressed during this course: 1. Apply information technology to diverse aspects of public health and communication. students keep up with the course schedule. Toward this end, a strict deadline policy will be enforced. Make up and late assignments will only be accepted under highly unusual circumstances and with prior approval from the course director. Plagiarism and Cheating: Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Ethical conduct is expected from all our students. For more information, please see the student handbook. Plagiarized assignments, postings and exams will get a grade of 0. Special Accommodations: Students regarding special accommodation for any reason should contact the Office of Student Disability Services.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-4474-8_16 fatcat:lmbuixyrdfg47ccwnqlbyl2m7y