In 2012, the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) established a partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a goal to foster global collaboration to solve real-world problems and facilitate the opportunity to showcase exciting innovative projects around the world. Every year close to 50 students complete an onsite coupled with online and comprehensive course in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating Health information systems for the developing world.
The course is internationally known as “Global health informatics to improve quality of care”. It focuses on innovations in information systems to accelerate improvements of health outcomes in developing countries. The course focuses not only on technology and mHealth as it applies to global health, but also on broader issues necessary for the successful deployment of information systems such as quality of care, disease burden, and project management. It is a collaborative offering from Sana, MIT, Partners in Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and a network of international partner academic institutions located around the globe. The course is designed with two core components that are mutually related: 1) Lectures featuring international speakers who are recognized experts in the field, and 2) Collaborative project development to tackle a real world global health problem.
Student’s specifically postgraduate students from various backgrounds (engineering, public health, medicine, policy, business, etc) attend this online course. A real world project is implemented in class through the various groups. The groups (3-5) are usually formed on a basis of project interest and are usually a combination of students from various collaborative institutions and can include: The Institute of Computer Science of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), MIT(USA), University of San Francisco(USA), Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), University of the Philippines College of Medicine (Philippines), University of Cauca(Colombia), Singapore University of Technology and Design(Singapore), National Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Tunis), University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and Vellore Institute of Technology (India).
In 2015, the iteration for the course commenced on 6th February and it runs every Friday at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Computer Lab 4 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Previous courses can be viewed at http://sana.mit.edu/media/