HI 6308 Consumer Informatics

Course Type: Advanced
Credit Hours: 3

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 class is taught in the spring semester.


Access to the Internet, personal computer, consent of instructor.

Additional Information

Course Goals

By the end of the semester, the student will have had the opportunity to meet the following objectives:

  • Survey the available consumer technologies, including listservers, news groups, chat rooms, e-mail and other virtual spaces.
  • Monitor at least one of the available technologies and study its impact on those who participate in the technology.
  • Assess the quality of the information delivered and suggest ways to improve the quality of the information.
  • Examine the impact of the information on consumer decision making.
  • Explore the change in the relationship between healthcare consumers and providers as a result of the technology.
  • Propose research to evaluate the effects of this technology on the future of healthcare.