This year, I am teaching BIME 543 Consumer Health and Informatics in the Autumn Quarter, and BIME 554, Biomedical Information Interactions and Design, in the Spring.
BIME 543, Consumer Health and Informatics, is intended to provide a general introduction to consumer health informatics (CHI). The course covers theories of health behavior and information behavior; key concepts and terminology; and main application domains. First, this course will present an overview of theories that are relevant to health behavior change and health information behavior, and explore how they might be applied to promote changes in health behavior and/or explain health consumers’ behaviors. The course also introduces key issues such as health literacy, patient-centered communication, patient empowerment, patient-generated data, participation, and privacy. Lastly, the course covers CHI applications in major application domains including personal health records, m-Health, and tele-health. This is a highly interactive, discussion-based course in which value is based on contributions and participation from students of different backgrounds.
BIME 554, Biomedical Information Interactions and Design, is intended to provide students fundamental knowledge and skills in human-computer interaction and design within biomedical contexts. Along with the material in the course, students engage in a quarter-long project in which they attempt to design a solution for a problem that exists in a given real-world setting. This is a highly-interactive, workshop-based course in which most class sessions will be split, with half being devoted to an introduction to a technique, method, or approach; and half to exercising what is learned.
Previously Taught Courses
At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I taught Research Methods in the fall of 2013. This course is intended to provide an introduction to research methods, and to illustrate how these methods are applied within the context of library and information science. The class is divided into three parts. The first part is focused on conceptualization and design of research. It presents an introduction to theories, paradigms and conceptualization of research, and shows how our theoretical and epistemological orientations affect our research designs. The second part presents overviews of commonly used methods in the social sciences. The third part is an introduction to statistics.
I have also designed and taught a course called, “Health Information Sharing in Social Media.” This course is intended to provide an overview of health information sharing using a variety of media including social networking sites, blogs, online support groups, YouTube and Twitter. Students are asked to consider the perspectives of various stakeholders in health-related social media exchanges, such as health information consumers (i.e. patients, caregivers, family and friends), health care providers, health information services, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and others. We consider critical issues and topics in information sharing, such as privacy, patient empowerment, participatory medicine, health decision making, and the nature of user-generated content. Lastly, we examine how application design can affect user experience of health information exchange.
This is a highly interactive class in which students engage in group work and activities to explore online content, including forum post and tweet collection, interviews of individuals with health information needs and a design of an online community, mobile application platform, intervention or communications campaign. The tweets collected by the class have been aggregated and can be searched through an interface called the Tweet Collection.
I also have experience as a teaching assistant for courses such as Text Mining, Applications of Natural Language Processing, and Health Sciences Information; and I have made guest appearances in courses including Text Mining, Applications of Natural Language Processing, Information Visualization, Consumer Health Information and Seminar in Popular Materials.
Syllabi and Other
Courses at the University of Washington:
BIME 543 Consumer Health and Informatics, Instructor, Autumn 2017 syllabus
BIME 554 Biomedical Informatics Interactions and Design, Instructor, Spring 2017 syllabus
BIME 598A Consumer Health and Informatics, Instructor, Autumn 2016 syllabus
BIME 554 Biomedical Informatics Interactions and Design, Instructor, Spring 2016 syllabus | concept flow diagram
BIME 598A Consumer Health and Informatics, Instructor, Winter 2016 syllabus
Teaching at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
INLS 581 Research Methods, Instructor, Fall 2013 syllabus
INLS 490-202 Health Information Sharing in Social Media, Instructor, Spring 2013 syllabus
INLS 512 Natural Language Processing, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2013
INLS 613 Text Mining, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012
INLS 705-01W Health Sciences Information, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011