Topic outline

  • Learning objectives of the mHealth module

  • Foundational knowledge of the mHealth module

    In this chapter, you will get an introduction to the basic foundational knowledge. This covers the topics: Definition of mHealth, Types of mHealth applications, Purpose of mHealth applications, Advantages and disadvantages of mHealth applications, and Digital health education and mHealth.

    • lexikonThe World Health Organization (WHO) defines mHealth as the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives. Since mHealth is most suitably understood as a tool for strengthening health systems and promoting healthy behaviors, the word “support” in this definition is a key term (World Health Organization, 2011). mHealth is part of the larger field of eHealth. It refers to using mobile’s phone functions, such as voice, SMS, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile telecommunications systems, to achieve health-related outcomes (World Health Organization, 2011). Data shows that starting with 2014, almost half of the global population was using some form of mobile communications (World Health Organization, 2015), and by 2025 is forecasted to have over 7 billion smartphone users in the world (Bankmycell, 2021).

    • All mHealth products have at least one specific key component. The overview of these components is given in this chapter.

    • Besides others, mHealth showed promising results in offering people decision support aid related to physical activity outcomes, smoking cessation, and sexual behavior outcomes. Read more!

    • mHealth applications can offer increased advantages, but in the same way disadvantages arise with mHealth. Here is a compilation!

    • Effectiveness of digital health education and outcomes vary broadly depending on the learning objectives. This inicates the need of "Digital health education and mHealth".

  • Lesson plans for the mHealth module

    For this module, five lesson plans are foreseen.


  • Appendices