Course Objective- To learn about the development and usage of M-health, E-health, point
of care diagnostics, self-monitoring tools, (big) data analysis tools
and artificial intelligence.
- To give in depth background of the technological developments, their
usage and impact on health care professions.
- To familiarize with current technologies in community based health
- To reflect on the (possible) consequences of technological
developments for patients, care providers and the health care system at
- To be able to put these developments in context. Students are able to
reflect critically on practical issues from specific theoretical
- To engage with care providers, patient groups, technology firms and
others to learn about and discuss "hot topics and developments"
Course ContentThe MITCH course provides students with an in-depth study of (the
development of) front-line innovative technologies in community based
The course is developed by the Amsterdam health & technology institute
(Ahti). Ahti is an institute for education, research, and valorization
in the area of Urban Health and technology, using a network of global
The current changes in health care systems and health care provision
include a central role for technology. With increasing demands on staff
and resources, technology may contribute to sustainable solutions in
health care. In this course we expose students to front-line
technologies and challenge them to reflect on the consequences new
technologies in health care have. Students will focus on technical
understanding of the developments as well as how technology can offer
cost-effective solutions to improve the healthcare system as a whole.
This topic will be approached based on specific case studies from
different perspectives, including patient / consumer, health care
provider/entrepreneur, insurer/financier, and scientist / technology
Teaching MethodsMITCH is a course of eight weeks (6 ECTS).
The total study time is 160 hours. Tuition methods include interactive
lectures, workshops, online exchange and self-study.
In the course we will make use of blended learning where possible and
face to face teaching when needed.
The different elements have the following study time:
- Lectures (h): 24 hours (24 contact hours/student)
- Work groups (w): 20 hours (20 contact hours/student)
- Group assignment (pro): 60 hours
- Preparing the presentation and the presentation seminar (pro): 4 hours
(2 contact hours/student)
- Self-study: 50 hours
- Exam: 2 hours
Method of AssessmentThe final grade for MITCH is composed of:
- Written exam (T) (40 %)
- Group assignment (V) (40 %)
- Presentation of the assignment in a seminar form (Pres) (20 %)
All parts need to be passed, no compensation for an insufficient result
for the exam or assignment report.
For an insufficient presentation, a replacing assignment can be given.
For the exam there is a resit opportunity.
LiteratureTo be announced and provided on Canvas.
Target AudienceMITCH is a compulsory module for the MPA specialization Community-based
Health Technologies and an elective course for the specialization
Management & Entrepreneurship.
Attention: MITCH is no longer available in the MPA specializations
Health and Life Science based Policy and Health and Life Science based
communication as an elective and Science course, but it is still an
elective and Science course for students who started their program
before academic year 2018-2019 and have passed the courses’
Explanation CanvasDetailed course information and schedules will be available in time
before the course starts.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. T.P. Groen|
|Examiner||dr. T.P. Groen|
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Study Group|
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