Wednesday, May 30, 2012

mHealth Alliance and TechChange to Offer Online Certificate Course on mHealth

The following is a press release about an online certificate course on mHealth.

First of its kind course will educate users on how mobile technologies are revolutionizing the health care industry

Washington, DC (May 30, 2012) -- TechChange and the mHealth Alliance today announced a four-week online certificate course on mHealth: Mobile Phones for Public Health. This first of its kind global online certificate course will run from November 12 - December 7 and will overlap with the 2012 mHealth Summit in the Washington, DC area.

The Mobile Phones for Public Health course will examine how mobile technologies are revolutionizing approaches to patient management, health education, diagnostics, and logistics. Through case studies, guest expert interviews, multimedia tutorials, interactive exercises, and live demonstrations of tools, participants will explore topics like SMS (text message) communication programs, smartphone applications, and health information systems for data collection and management.

The two organizations have partnered to provide the course based on pervasive interest in the topic of mobile health (mHealth) and the need to develop more skills and exchange of best practices among practitioners in the sector.

“We’re excited about this partnership opportunity with the mHealth Alliance to not only bring in the best facilitators, speakers, and practices on mobile health, but also to shape the conversation leading up to the mHealth Summit,” said Nick Martin, co-founder and president of TechChange. “Along with engaging with leaders in the field, participants will join an emerging community of practice and further develop the Alliance’s Health Unbound network.”

“With the tremendous expansion in the field of mHealth, there is huge demand for capacity-building support that can help ensure the smart, strategic, and sustainable use of mobile tools to improve health outcomes,” added Patty Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance. “This course with TechChange aims to promote proven approaches to mobile technology integration to strengthen health systems and to advance conversations around topics that matter most to the mHealth community.”

TechChange and mHealth Alliance are seeking input from the mHealth community and other individuals interested in mHealth to ensure the course includes the information, topics, tools, and skills that community is interested in learning. This outreach is being conducted via a survey, the feedback from which will help shape the learning experience of this course.

To learn more about Mobile Phones for Public Health, visit: mHealth Alliance member organizations will be eligible for a discount in this course. To learn more about mHealth Alliance membership, visit

TechChange specializes in delivering interactive online courses on the role of technology in addressing urgent social and global challenges. In the past year, they have delivered courses to over 500 hundred participants from more than 80 countries on their innovative platform.

The mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health throughout the world. Working with diverse partners to integrate mHealth into multiple sectors, the Alliance serves as a convener for the mHealth community to overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned. The mHealth Alliance also hosts Health Unbound (HUB), a global online community for resource sharing and collaborative solution generation. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and founded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, and UN Foundation, the Alliance now also includes HP, the GSM Association, and Norad among its founding partners. For more information, visit

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