This two-week blended course offers an introduction and overview of digital health, including a strong emphasis on how in reality, digital health functions in various settings. Participants will discuss how digital health interventions can help push the triple aim of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Goal Development for more people at a lower cost in different settings in high-, low- and middle-income countries. The program discusses what kind of analysis should be done for developing digital health intervention, which stakeholders.
This course is TropEd accreditated and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as advanced module of the Master in International Health. The first week can be followed as a stand-alone course, for which we offer an attendance certificate.
This new course is organised jointly with Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute (AHTI) and in cooperation with a number of other partners: Pharmaccess, Joep Lange Institute, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGD), Smarthealth Amsterdam, and Waag, Technology & Society.
The contents of the course are:
Defining digital health, principles and classification
Opportunities and limitations for digital health in LMICs
Surveying demand and feasibility of digital health solutions
Guidance on implementation of digital health interventions
At the end of the first week, participants will be able to:
Explain principles and concepts of digital health, including the effect of digital health on health behaviour and on health systems.
Discuss digital health interventions as means to address health challenges in different settings.
Discuss opportunities and limitations that digital health interventions bring while providing Universal Health Coverage in high, low and middle-income countries.
Recognize and address ethics and data governance issues related to digital health.
At the end of the first week, participants will be able to:
Develop strategic problem-solving strategies using digital health to address challenges in the health sector.
Combine technical, analytical and networking skills for developing and embedding digital health interventions in a systemic approach.
Develop and evaluate potential digital tools and strategies in different settings (acknowledging their characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and performance while implemented).
The course is designed in an innovative model – similar to hackathons and data sprints, often the standard approach to develop technical skills. In the “sprint” methodology, while learning basic concepts, the participant can also acquire and develop applied skills developing projects to address real health problems. We encourage device and corpus literacy, allocating considerable time to course preparation, live tutorials, practical labs and interaction with partners, facilitators and keynote lectures.
We planned different activities to train theoretical knowledge on digital health and have an overview of practical skills needed to conceive, develop, implement, and evaluate digital health interventions. Using the Active Learning Perspective, the main characteristic of this course is the “hands-on” strategy, allowing the participant to apply during the course the knowledge they are acquiring in real-time. The workshop nature of the second week is an opportunity to work in challenging real-scenario cases.
Keynotes focusing on key concepts of the course; Parallel tutorials are practical sessions aimed at introducing specific fields of DH or techniques; Labs and guided work are moments where students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned trying to solve a practical problem.
Keynotes; Parallel tutorials; Labs, and guided work during the second week include a strong focus on applying the knowledge and skills acquired during week 1. Participants work in groups developing a digital health intervention proposal to address a real-life problem (preferably problems that participants face in their home countries). A presentation is given at the end of the second week with the outline of the project proposal. A written proposal is submitted for examination on Friday afternoon, after considering feedbacks received on the presentation.
Participants who wish to be examined and/or obtain the credits are required to take the course assignments as follows:
Week one: Open-book exam with a combination of multiple-choice and essay-type questions.
Week two: Group assignment focusing on the development of a Digital Health Intervention (project). The examination is divided into two parts. First, the group delivers a presentation at the end of the second week, added by a written outline of their digital health intervention project.
We developed the blended course “Global Perspectives on Digital Health”, aiming for mid-career and senior health professionals interested in updating their competencies in the field of digital health. We also aim for professionals who want to include digital health components in the programmes/projects they manage at different healthcare levels (in MoH, NGOs, etc.). Finally, we also expect applications from young professionals interested in adding digital health to their portfolios. We are also betting on intergenerational learning, considering the participants’ broad range of ages and backgrounds.
Academic training at least to the level of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in medicine, public health or another field related to health care, such as health sciences, environmental sciences, economics, biostatistics, social sciences or nursing
Two years of relevant work experience, including work experience in low and middle-income settings.
Proficiency in spoken and written English
Computer literacy demonstrated by the ability to correctly and independently upload electronic documents in the online application system.
Motivation for the programme, demonstrated by a motivation letter stating why the applicant wants to follow this specific course.
The application package is due two months before the start of the course.
Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:
A one-page letter of motivation
Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable
What we expect from your motivation letter:Please indicate in your motivation letter why you want to follow this specific course, why you want to follow the course at KIT Amsterdam, what do you expect to learn and how you will apply your newly gained competencies from the course in your work, what kind of benefits will it bring to your future career, etc. Describe a relevant problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss during this specific course. Your motivation should be about ½-1 page. Please do not repeat your CV again.
This course can be taken on its own, as advanced module of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.
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