Open Source mHealth course at Open University of Catalonia (UOC)
The Open University of Catalonia or UOC (http://www.uoc.edu/portal/english) is a fully online university with headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. It was founded on 6 October 1994 by the Catalan Government with the mission of “providing people with lifelong learning and education through intensive use of information and communication technologies”. According to official data, the UOC offers educational services over the Internet to more than 55.000 students from over 45 countries, distributed in several undergraduate and graduate programs.
UOC students belong to different parts of the world, but they are mainly located in Spain and South America. About 60% of UOC undergraduate students are adult students (over 30 years old) that typically combine their professional activity and/or family responsibilities with their academic duties. Educational services are delivered by a team composed of more than 2,200 instructors –including UOC faculty and UOC online collaborators, most of these professors from other Spanish universities– and 550 management staff. The UOC uses an asynchronous and student-centred educational model and has already received several international prizes, such as the 2001 ICDE Prize for the best virtual and distance university in the world or the 2004 OEA Prize for educational quality. Currently, up to 22 accredited degrees and official masters are offered via the UOC Virtual Campus, a learning management system entirely developed and maintained at the UOC. Some of the most popular degrees (in number of registered students) offered at the UOC are as follows: Computer Engineering, Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Telecommunications, Information and Communication Sciences, Law, and Humanities.
The Program of Telemedicine is included in the Health Science Faculty of the UOC, and consists on an Official Master programme in Telemedicine, that is developed within the framework of the European criteria. It aims to introduce to the Health Professional in the field of Telemedicine through analyzing the interactions that occur in the process of implementation of information and communication technologies (ICT) in real experiences related to Telemedicine. With this Master programme, the health professional is able to effectively integrate and evaluate a system of Telemedicine in a health centre to respond a real health care problem.
The Program of Telemedicine also conducts cutting-edge research on the interaction between ICT and organizational changes, management models, cultural changes and health services, focusing on running experimental approaches at different levels of maturity, allowing the discussion, critical appraisal and picturing the ‘state-of-the-art’ of the research in the field.
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