Consumer Health Informatics: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Beth St. Jean

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

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:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/stjean_inst728k_syllabus_final.pdf

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Introduction to Research Methods: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Beth St. Jean

School:

iSchool at Maryland

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

In this survey course, we will examine the entire scope of the research process, beginning with reviewing the existing literature to identify significant gaps, coming up with novel and important research questions to investigate, and preparing a research proposal. We will then discuss many of the different methods that information scientists use to investigate research questions, including interviews, focus groups, diaries, surveys, and experiments. Toward the end of the semester, we will cover the processes of writing up and presenting reports of completed research.

Required Textbook:

Pickard, A. J. 2013. Research Methods in Information, 2nd ed.

Link to Syllabus:

http://ischool.umd.edu/sites/default/files/syllabi/inst701_syllabus_stjean_spring_2014_final.pdf