Global Digital Health Certificate
Digital health refers to the development and use of digital technologies (which includes m/eHealth, health informatics, telemedicine, data analytics, big data, artificial intelligence) utilized in and throughout health systems to improve health.
The Global Digital Health Certificate program provides concrete training - grounded in real-world challenges and informed by leading-edge scholarship - in the contexts of digital health use in low- and middle-income country settings, focused on methodology, monitoring and evaluation of digital health interventions, and digital health leadership skills.
This certificate program is for those students interested in digital health and pursuing a terminal master’s program who plan to join academic, government, or private-sector employment, and for those students who plan to pursue additional advanced degrees (e.g., DrPH, PhD).
Upon completion of the program, individuals will be able to:
- Identify and describe key types of digital interventions applied to improve a variety of health services and the essential components for implementing digital health intervention;
- Discuss and examine the practical issues related to the implementation of digital health interventions as well as the social, political, and economic factors that influence global digital health research and priorities - this includes discussions around ethics/privacy considerations, research and evaluation methods, novel interventions, partnership building, and stakeholder engagement;
- Critically appraise technical considerations for the selection, adaptation, and implementation considerations for various digital health platforms;
- Develop requirements, data flow diagrams, and a process to conceptualize implementation of digital health interventions;
- Develop an implementation and evaluation plan for a digital health intervention, which includes explaining key reporting requirements, describing different innovative methodologies that could be utilized to evaluate such interventions, differentiating strengths and weaknesses of evaluation methods, and selecting the appropriate quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.
Complete certificate program admissions information and contact information is available on the certificate program page on the Bloomberg School of Public Health website.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits including 7 term credits of core required courses for the Global Digital Health Certificate program. Additionally, students must take a minimum of 3 credits from each of the following focal areas: Methods & Skills, Health Informatics, and Leadership & Management. After completing these 16 term credit requirements, students may opt to complete the remaining credits amongst any of the focal areas.
All certificate coursework must be taken for a letter grade, a minimum grade of C must be earned in all certificate coursework, and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework is required. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.
The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements. The student's transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.
COURSE OF STUDY
Please note: The Global Digital Health Certificate program will not approve any course substitutions or waivers. The curriculum indicated below cannot be altered in any way for individual students.
Students should check the BSPH course directory to confirm when the course is offered, and students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.
|Core Courses: All are required|
|Design and Implementation of Global Digital Health interventions|
|Design and Implementation of Global Digital Health Interventions II|
|Special Topics in Global Digital Health|
|Methods & Skills - minimum 3 credits|
|Health Behavior Change At the Individual, Household and Community Levels|
|Large-scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs|
|Design and Conduct of Community Trials|
|Health Systems Research and Evaluation in Developing Countries|
|Methods in Formative Research and Human Centered Design for Intervention Development|
|Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches|
|Health Communication Programs I: Planning and Strategic Design|
|Children, Media, and Health|
|Health Communication Programs II: Implementation and Evaluation|
|Digital and Mobile Health Research in Public Mental Health|
|Population Health: Analytic Methods and Visualization Techniques|
|Health Informatics - minimum 3 credits|
|Health Information Systems|
|Population Health Informatics|
|Health Management Information Systems|
|Leadership & Management - minimum 3 credits|
|Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle income Countries|
|Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries|
|Leadership & Management in Humanitarian Health|
|Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries|
|Managing Health Services Organizations|
|Managing Non-Governmental Organizations in the Health Sector|
|Digital Health Innovation & Regulatory Science|
There are several courses that we recommend students take as it will provide further analytical training that would support and bolster their training in global digital health. These courses are focused around qualitative and quantitative methodologies related to biostatistics and epidemiology.
|PH.140.621||Statistical Methods in Public Health I||4|
|PH.140.622||Statistical Methods in Public Health II||4|
|PH.140.623||Statistical Methods in Public Health III||4|
|PH.140.624||Statistical Methods in Public Health IV||4|
|PH.140.651||Methods in Biostatistics I||4|
|PH.140.652||Methods in Biostatistics II||4|
|PH.140.653||Methods in Biostatistics III||4|
|PH.140.654||Methods in Biostatistics IV||4|
|PH.340.601||Principles of Epidemiology||5|
|PH.340.721||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I||5|
|PH.340.722||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health II||4|
|PH.340.770||Public Health Surveillance||3|
|PH.340.751||Epidemiologic Methods 1||5|
|PH.340.752||Epidemiologic Methods 2||5|
|PH.340.753||Epidemiologic Methods 3||5|
|PH.340.769||Professional Epidemiology Methods||4|
|PH.550.604||Qualitative Reasoning in Public Health||2|
|PH.552.603||The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population's Health||0.5|
|PH.224.690||Qualitative Research Theory and Methods||3|
|PH.224.691||Qualitative Data Analysis||3|
|PH.330.620||Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Mental Health and Psychosocial Research in Low Resource Settings||3|
|PH.410.712||Theory and Practice in Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation for The Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|