Consumer Health Informatics: Spring 2014


Beth St. Jean


iSchool at Maryland


Spring 2014


What types of information do people facing a health-related concern need and how do they go about looking for and making use of this information? How do their information-related behaviors (e.g., searching for information) relate to their health-related behaviors (e.g., dieting) and how do these both influence their ultimate health outcomes? This course will provide students with an introduction to the field of consumer health informatics, with a particular emphasis on the interrelationships between consumer health information behavior and health behavior. We will explore information behavior models, health behavior models, and the connections between them. We will also discuss social support, social networks, and Medicine 2.0. The course will wrap-up with a discussion of the outcomes found to be associated with health-related information seeking.

Required Textbook:

Johnson, J. D., Case D. O. 2012. Health Information Seeking.
Glanz, K., Rimer, B. K., Viswanath, K. 2008. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4th ed.

Link to Syllabus:

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