Hi everyone,

I will be teaching a new course in the Spring that I would like to invite you to register for. The course information is provided below.

COURSE NUMBER/NAME: INST 728K Consumer Health Informatics

MEETING TIME: Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:45 PM

COURSE LOCATION: Hornbake Building, Room 4113

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, as well as studies that have focused on patientís health-related information behavior. We will also discuss Medicine 2.0 and various types of health information intermediaries, such as health professionals, libraries, and the Internet, that patients may turn to when trying to fulfill their needs for information. The course will wrap-up with a discussion of the outcomes found to be associated with health-related information seeking.

If you're interested, please register for the course ASAP!

Please e-mail me if you have any questions about the course. 

Best wishes,

Beth St. Jean, Assistant Professor
College of Information Studies - "Maryland's iSchool"
Room 4117K Hornbake Bldg., South Wing
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6573