mHealth Alliance and TechChange Offer Second Round of Flagship Online Course in Response to High Demand

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The mHealth Alliance and TechChange today announced that a second round of the flagship “Mobile Phones for Public Health” online course will be offered in June, due to high demand for a second opportunity to enroll.

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“The success of last year’s course and the demand to offer it again provide a great indication of the growing enthusiasm surrounding mHealth,” said Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance.

The mHealth Alliance and TechChange today announced that a second round of the flagship “Mobile Phones for Public Health” online course will run June 3-28, 2013. As the field of mobile health (mHealth) continues to expand, this course provides a valuable learning and networking experience for people interested and working in mHealth throughout the world. Online enrollment for the course opens today.

“The first time we offered this course it was a significant success, reaching capacity at 100 participants from 35 countries, spanning the medical field, international development and government agencies,” said Nick Martin, co-founder and president of TechChange. “We have since heard from dozens of people who couldn’t participate in the first round and wanted another chance. We are excited to bring these people not only a second opportunity to enroll, but an even better, more informative and engaging course on mobile health.”

The expanded course will include a greater emphasis on building technical skills and working with telecommunications companies, as well as governments. It will also provide opportunities to address the policy implications of mHealth, in addition to topics from the original course such as SMS (text message) communication programs, smartphone applications and health information systems for data collection and management. The course will use interactive exercises, live demonstrations and multimedia tutorials to engage participants, provide training in the latest tools, and connect students with experts and fellow practitioners.

“The success of last year’s course and the demand to offer it again provide a great indication of the growing enthusiasm surrounding mHealth,” said Patricia Mechael, executive director of the mHealth Alliance. “The Alliance’s role is to provide information that enables informed decision-making, so that proven approaches and lessons learned can be applied systematically to mHealth projects. I encourage those who are interested in mHealth to take advantage of the opportunity this course offers to learn from some of the field’s leading experts and to build their own knowledge and experience.”

To enroll in the course, please visit http://techchange.org/online-courses/mhealth-mobile-phones-for-public-health/. Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 accepted and enrolled individuals. Members of the mHealth Alliance will receive a discount.

About the mHealth Alliance: 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 is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and its core partners include the Rockefeller Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, UN Foundation, GSMA and Norad. For more information, visit http://www.mHealthAlliance.org.

About TechChange: 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 1500 hundred participants from more than 100 countries on their innovative platform. For more information visit http://www.techchange.org.

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Chelsea Hedquist
Senior Communications Officer, mHealth Alliance
Office: 202.778.1632
Mobile: 202.290.8440
chedquist(at)mhealthalliance(dot)org

Christopher Neu
Chief Operating Officer, TechChange
Mobile: 301.448.2163
chris(at)techchange(dot)org

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