Critical Thinking in Healthcare Technology, Spring 2019

This course aims at developing critical thinking skills for the design and study of Health Technologies. This course studies various goals, design methods, and evaluation processes of Health Technologies. Students will develop skills in the use and application of a variety of design and evaluation methods, specifically applicable to Health Technologies. In addition, students will improve individual and collaborative skills in design based problem solving.

Health Technologies cover a broad concept that encompasses an array of technologies to store, share, and analyze health information. Not only health care providers are relying on Health Technologies to improve patient care, the average consumers are increasingly using health devices and apps in their everyday life. This semester, we will focus on learning Health Technologies that are particularly designed for patients and the general public. Individuals have started using new technologies to collect data, increase awareness, and reflect on and change their behaviors. They also use various tools for curiosity and fun. This course will provide an overview of this exciting field and examine how social and behavioral theories can be applied to create effective health applications.

In this course, you will learn Human-Centered, design thinking methods that you can leverage in the understanding of Health Technologies. Each week, we will read papers on innovative designs and methods. As a seminar course, you will read papers and participate in discussions. This course is also a project-based class: You will have a chance to pitch your ideas and work on an interesting project over the semester. Following the spirit of design thinking, we will spend part of our class time to brainstorm, critique, and share feedback. We will spend the first half of class on seminar and the other half on project.

Throughout the semester, students will: On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Required Canvas Readings: Relevant journal and conference articles of recent years from top venues, including: