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eHealth: Combining Psychology, Technology and Health

How can technology make you healthy? Learn about the design, application, implementation and evaluation of eHealth.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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eHealth: Combining Psychology, Technology and Health

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Why join the course?

eHealth refers to the use of technologies to improve well-being, health, and healthcare. It is an umbrella term that captures concepts about the health context, technology, and people.

In this free online course, we will provide you with insight into the domain of eHealth, describe methods to develop eHealth, and explain theories that enable behaviour change and facilitate implementation. You will also understand how eHealth technologies are developed and used in practice, by means of a variety of case studies, assignments and examples.

This course pays attention to the perspectives of the eHealth developers, patients, healthcare professionals and healthy people who want to improve or maintain their health and wellbeing. These perspectives are applied to the three main topics of this course:

  • During Weeks 1 and 2, we will introduce eHealth and show you how eHealth technologies are used to enable or improve self-care and prevention, supportive care, and societal health.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 will focus on design. You will learn how to design eHealth that fits the user and the context, and is able to seduce or support people into changing their behaviour.
  • In Weeks 5 and 6, we focus on the diffusion and evaluation of eHealth technologies within the intended context, and among users and other relevant stakeholders.

After finishing this course, you will have new knowledge about eHealth, acquired relevant eHealth skills, and gained insight into the use of eHealth in practice.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHow can technology make you healthy? eHealth combines psychology, technology, and health care in order to improve our health and well being. During our six week open online course, you'll learn what the possibilities of eHealth are, how to develop eHealth technologies, and how to make sure these will actually be used and are effective. The first two weeks of this course show the possibilities of eHealth. For example, eHealth can be used during daily life to improve health and well being. It's also used in a health care setting. For instance, to assist nurses in doing their job. In weeks three and four, we'll explain how to design eHealth technologies that take the perspective of the user and the context into account.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds You'll acquire the skills to create a lo-fi prototype and conduct a usability test with prospective users. The fifth and sixth week of this course will make you think about ensuring that eHealth technology will actually be used in practice. We will also explain how to investigate whether eHealth is effective. This course combines theory with practice. You'll gain new knowledge on eHealth and also acquire practical skills by means of cases. To provide you with insight, we'll show lots of interesting and innovative real life examples. The motto of the University of Twente is high tech, human touch. We believe this is the way to create effective eHealth technologies, combining the human, health care, and technological perspective.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds I hope that you are as enthusiastic as I am about all the new and exciting possibilities that eHealth offers. I invite you to join this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Meaning and application of eHealth
  • Different domains of eHealth
  • Human Centered Design
  • Usability testing
  • Values and requirements
  • Behaviour change
  • Persuasive technology
  • Implementation of eHealth technology
  • Formative and summative evaluation
  • Log data analysis

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the term eHealth, give examples of possible forms of eHealth, and identify possible benefits and barriers
  • Apply and recognize theoretical principles from Human Centred Design, behaviour change theory and the Persuasive Systems Design Model when designing an eHealth technology
  • Identify the most important principles and theories from eHealth implementation and recognize implementation methods
  • Describe how the phases and principles of the CeHRes Roadmap are used in the development of eHealth technologies
  • Explain the rationale behind formative and summative evaluation and recognize methods from both forms of evaluation

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for everyone who wants or needs to know more about eHealth and all of its possibilities. No specific knowledge or education background is assumed, since all concepts that are discussed will be briefly explained. For learners who desire more depth, further reading is available.

Who will you learn with?

Saskia Kelders

I’m assistant professor at the University of Twente and teach eMental Health to psychology students. My research focuses on using technology and design to increase involvement in eHealth interventions

Floor Sieverink

I am a PhD student at the University of Twente. My research focuses on the use and implementation of online platforms for chronic and mental healthcare.

Hanneke Kip

My research focuses on the development of eHealth technologies that monitor and coach aggressive behaviour of forensic psychiatric patients. I am a teacher in Health Psychology & Technology as well.

Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen

I'm a professor Persuasive Health Technology at the University of Twente. My research & tuition focuses on persuasive designs to increase trust, engagement and adherence to technologies.

Who developed the course?

As a young and entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands, the University of Twente prepares young people to tackle the grand challenges the world will be facing during the coming decades.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $79 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.