What is mHealth?
Mobile Health (mHealth) is the practice of public health and medicine, supported by mobile devices.
Goal of the mHealth SIG
Our overall goal is to understand and address the use/application of mHealth approaches to public health challenges such as the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions, whose outcomes may be modified through changes to lifestyle behaviors. The Group’s activities primarily focus on the use of mobile devices to conduct assessments and interventions related to improving the health status of individuals and populations.
We are research and data-driven. Our activities span the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona to include research, instruction, and outreach. Broad examples of our work include collection of community and clinical health data using real-time methods, and the direct provision of health education and health interventions to researchers, educators, practitioners, students, and participants/patients via mobile software applications and interfaces.
Initial activities of the UA mHealth interest group include:
- Coordinate mHealth research activities and resources across UA institutes/centers, colleges, schools, and departments.
- Foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research by identifying areas of shared work and/or complementary skill sets across UA institutes/centers, colleges, schools, and departments.
- Identify cross-cutting funding opportunities which will provide funding for infrastructure and improvements in coordination of activities related to mHealth on campus.
- Share information about mHealth across UA institutes/centers, colleges, schools, and departments.
- Invite speakers to give presentations at UA on topics pertinent to mHealth research, instruction, and outreach.
- Develop mHealth tools, products, and services for sale and consumption by the public and private sectors.
- Create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to receive interdisciplinary training in the area of mHealth.
With funding support from:
- College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (Department of Nutritional Sciences; UA Cooperative Extension)
- College of Science (Department of Computer Science)
- Bio5 Institute
- College of Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
- Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
If you would like to become a member of the University of Arizona mHealth Interest Group, submit your registration here.