(2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory)
3 semester credit hours/meets part of advanced informatics competencies
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Current technology is giving the consumer greater access to health information than at any time in the past. Information is available from federal agencies, volunteer organizations, consumer services and direct consumer--to-- consumer communications. The availability of information with varying degrees of quality is changing the way consumers think about their own health as well as changing the relationship between consumers and providers. Students will explore the impact of this technology, consider the directions which the current technology might head and explore the potentials of future technology on the delivery of healthcare. This is a research course and students will be required to complete a research project that contributes to a broader understanding of consumer health informatics.