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Health Informatics and ICT

(Information and Communications Technologyfor Development - ICT4D)

Module Coordinator: PJ Wall & Frédérique Vallières
ECTS Value: 5

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is quickly gaining momentum in the field of international development. There is currently much academic debate about the role of ICT for development (ICT4D), and how ICT4D can be implemented, scaled and sustained in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The purpose of this module is to explore and critically analyse core issues related to the implementation and use of ICT in LMICs and ultimately, explore how these issues transcend national boundaries. The module will introduce students to the key issues and current academic debates around ICT4D, and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and manage these issues more effectively. The module will also look at the ethical issues involved with ICT4D, and critically examine the role played by social, political, cultural and human factors when introducing and using such systems and technologies. The overall aim is to understand the global ICT4D landscape and to have an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities presented by ICT4D.


Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Apply the main theories, principles and concepts that underpin the study of ICT4D
  • Describe the challenges involved with ICT implementation and use in LMICs, and make informed decisions about how to overcome these issues
  • Give a detailed account of the benefits and problems associated with using health informatics in LMICs
  • Critically examine the ethical considerations surrounding ICT4D
  • Critically examine the effect that social, political, cultural and human factors may have on the implementation and use of ICT4D
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of ICT4D
  • Identify ways of implementing, scaling and sustaining prototypes and pilot ICT4D projects
  • Critically evaluate and analyse a range of ICT4D cases
  • Demonstrate effective presentation skills and the ability to work both individually and as part of project a team


Module Content
Introducing ICT4D
The potential of ICT4D: With a special focus on Health Informatics
Ethical and Socio-Technical considerations for ICT4D
Designing an ICT4D project
Implementing and Monitoring an ICT4D project
Innovative & Disruptive Technologies and the Future Direction of ICT4D
Case Study & Final Assessment Workshop


Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
The module will cover approximately 24 hours of contact time. The module is delivered in a participatory fashion encouraging shared learning amongst participants. A range of methods are provided including direct teaching through PowerPoint, brainstorming, group exercises, case studies and video. Teaching and reading materials will be posted through Blackboard to facilitate preparation before class and self-learning. 

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