Contribute to the improvement of health, well-being and healthcare through the use of personalised eHealth technologies.
How can smart devices like smartwatches or fitness trackers help people to improve their health and well-being? Could Virtual Reality help to reduce stress, or to control aggression among people with anger issues? And how could an app help patients with chronic illnesses (like Diabetes or heart disease) to manage their chronic health conditions or lifestyle changes in their own daily environment? If you are eager to discover the role eHealth technologies could play in the future of our healthcare system, and if you want to contribute to the successful development, implementation and evaluation of such interventions, then the specialisation in Personalised Monitoring & Coaching is the right choice for you. With the knowledge and expertise you gain in this specialisation, you will be the linking pin between IT developers and healthcare organisations.
While many sectors and industries are making rapid progress in digitalisation, the healthcare sector is lagging behind. All the while, eHealth offers great opportunities for patient-centric and data-driven healthcare. So what is needed for the successful development, implementation and evaluation of eHealth interventions? That’s the focus of this specialisation. More specifically, you will focus on interventions aimed at behavioural or attitude change for promoting well-being and improved health. What are examples of kinds of technologies that are available, and what do they do? What persuasive features can you integrate into an eHealth technology (e.g. an app, VR training, social robot, etc) to ensure that users will adopt a certain desired behaviour? How can you use and track health-related data, and how can these insights help individuals to monitor their own health? And how do you translate these insights into an effective, personalised coaching strategy? These are just some of the questions you will deal with in this specialisation.
With your knowledge as a health scientist, you will not merely focus on the deployment of an eHealth intervention as a goal on its own, you will know how to ensure that the technology fits within the context that it will be used for. You will develop an interdisciplinary approach, in which you learn to include not only the perspective of a user or patient, for instance, but also that of a healthcare provider, or other stakeholders. Suppose you want to implement an eHealth solution for care coordination in homecare: how do you make sure that both the staff and patients are equipped to work with the technology? Does it match the work processes? And are IT systems compatible? Your contextual knowledge and in-depth insights into the healthcare sector along with your focus on human-centred design and behavioural change will make you the perfect link between technology designers and healthcare providers.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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