Computer Applications in Public Health
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Computer Applications in Public Health
This course is part of the
Master of Public Health degree program.
This course can also be used to satisfy the requirements
for the Special Topics course in the Certificate in Medical Informatics program.
Beginning SPRING 2006, this course
will be taught completely online within the UWF eLearning course management system.
|Melanie A. Sutton, Ph.D.
Division of Life and Health Sciences, UWF
Co-Director, Medical Informatics Program
|Justice Mbizo, M.S., Dr.PH
Medical Informatics Program, sahls
PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITES:
- Working knowledge of how to use personal computers, including knowledge of
word-processing, spreadsheet packages and Internet searching.
- Training in a health care-related field at the Associate's or Bachelor's level.
Students lacking any of the above prerequisites but still interested in the
Medical Informatics Certificate Program should contact Dr. Melanie A. Sutton
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for possible alternative substitute courses or training.
This course provides an overview of various computer applications in public
health and introduces modern software systems for analyzing health-related
data. Fundamentals of data collection, statistical analysis, interpretation,
and reporting results are covered. Technology-based implications for legal
and ethical issues are also addressed (including documentation, security,
and regulatory requirements).
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Objectives):
This course meets the following programmatic goals for the MPH degree and Certificate in Medical Informatics programs:
- Project Management:
- Students will be able to plan and present cooperative solutions involving interdisciplinary teams
(e.g., public health officials, physicians, administrators, and other health care professionals)
to issues addressed in case studies in public health.
- Students will be able to develop and present a term project and oral/electronic presentation on a topic/case
study in the area of computer applications in public health.
- Students will be able to defend conclusions related to choices of alternative software packages
in presented term project (addressing issues of data collection, analysis, interpretation
- Students will be able to lead a class discussion on the applicability of health care laws (e.g.,
HIPAA) and professional ethics (e.g., IEEE-ACM Software Engineering Code of
Ethics and Professional Practice) to a presented topic or case study (including
documentation, security, and regulatory requirements).
| ||Topic ||Approximate coverage
[ (all online)]
|1. ||Introduction to computer applications in public health:
hardware, software, and the roles of support personnel ||3 hours||2. ||Computer-based patient-care, patient-monitoring,
and clinical decision-support systems ||3 hours
||3. ||Computer-based safety and environmental assessment
systems ||3 hours
||4. ||Data collection and reporting strategies ||3 hours
||5. ||Review of biostatistical methods in epidemiology;
spreadsheet/statistics package basics ||6 hours
||6. ||Database management systems; roles for modeling,
simulation, and case studies ||9 hours
||7. ||Transferring data between programs ||3 hours
||8. ||GIS in public health: environmental health protection, disease
surveillance, social and demographic analyses ||9 hours
||9. ||Using the Web to improve public health awareness and
accountability ||3 hours
||10. ||Project management; legal and ethical issues: documentation,
security, confidentiality and regulatory requirements
(e.g., HIPPA) ||6 hours
||Total instructional hours || 48 ONLINE hours
This course will draw upon a variety of reading materials to cover the topics
provided above, with copies of relevant articles provided via the UWF library course
An extensive on-line course Website will also supplement these materials, with relevant links to labs,
hands-on assignments and various agencies and institutions developing computer applications
in public health.
SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY UTILIZED BY STUDENTS: (beyond baseline requirements of e-mail and word processing)
- The following software will be utilized in this course:
- Excel, SAS, Access, ColdFusion.
- Students will be provided with UWF computer accounts
and access to a computer laboratory
to complete in-class assignments and on-line course modules.
- Shortliffe, E.H. & Perreault, L.E. (Editors). (2001). Medical Informatics: Computer
Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. Springer-Verlag.
- Newman, S.C. (2001). Biostatistical Methods in Epidemiology. John Wiley & Sons.
- 20% Tests. Tests will be based on lecture material, supplemental handouts,
laboratory exercises, and provided on-line resources. Test materials may include
short answer and essay questions.
- 20% Laboratory/Discussion exercises. These assignments provide the hands-on component to the course
and may be completed utilizing UWF's computer labs.
- 60% Research and Website project. Part of your course grade will be based on the development, implementation, and presentation of
a research project. A list of possible topics in computer applications in public health will be provided,
and project brainstorming and milestone discussions will be scheduled throughout the semester.
All final projects will be presented as Websites in an end-of-the-semester dinner
forum (open to classmates, as well as other students and faculty).
The layout of your Website will include typical areas specified in posters
used at professional conferences. Part of your grade for this component of the course
will include participating as a Website judge and providing professional feedback to your classmates.
Additional guidelines for this course requirement will be posted during the first week of class.
Products associated with the research project (title and abstract) and the
URL for the final project Website you develop
will be submitted online utilizing UWF's elearning.uwf.edu
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- Academic Conduct Policy
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- Student Handbook
It is the philosophy of The University of West Florida that academic dishonesty is a completely
unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic
dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline
may include suspension or expulsion from the University.
Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission
for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person,
taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or
the attempt to commit such acts.
In addition, any behavior that interferes with the conduct of a class is classified as disruptive
behavior and will not be tolerated. Although not exhaustive, examples of disruptive behavior
would include: routinely entering class late or departing class early without specific
permission from the instructor; talking in class without being recognized; threatening faculty or
fellow students or verbal abuse of faculty or fellow students; physical or verbal displays of anger; etc.
Students with special needs who require specific examination-related or other course-related
accommodations should contact Disabled Student Services (DSS),
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that will specify any recommended accommodations.
Every effort will be made to accommodate the special needs of disabled students.
Please see the instructor in the privacy of her office during the first week of class to
inform her of your particular needs. All such accommodations are officially arranged
through the Office for Disabled Student Services and a letter from that office must accompany your request.
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