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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6640
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-04
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-01-14
  2. Department: FMHI
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 5810-000-50
  5. Contact Person: Bruce Lubotsky Levin
  6. Phone: 9746400
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6640
  10. Full Title: Mental Health Informatics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): M.H. Informatics
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course examines how information technologies and knowledge management affect access to mental health and impact policy. Current applications include the management of mental health databases and the development of behavioral telehealth programs.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: We are adding this course to the certificate program as an elective course because students who are specializing in public sector mental health planning, evaluation, and accountability need to understand informatics from a mental health services perspecti
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course would serve as an elective in the Graduate Certificate Program in Mental Health Planning, Evaluation, and Accountability where there is a need for a course in mental health informatics. This course would also serve as an elective in the MPH Concentration in Behavioral Health in the Department of Community & Family Health in the USF College of Public Health as well as an elective course in the Dual Degree MSW/MPH Concentration in Behavioral Health, a dual degree program in the USF School of Social Work and the USF College of Public Health.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? This course has been previously offered on two occasions as a special topics course. The enrollment exceeded fifteen students for each course offering.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Either a doctoral degree in public health specializing in mental health, library/information sciences, and informatics or a team teaching approach of one person with a doctoral degree in public health specializing in mental health/behavioral health and the other person with a terminal degree in library/information sciences and informatics.
  29. Objectives: 1. To enable students to understand the roles of information, information management, and technology within mental health services;

    2. To enable students to be able to understand the significance of computer/technology concepts for mental health services delivery, including operating systems, data modeling, and systems design;

    3. To place mental health informatics within the broader context of public health information systems and behavioral health information literatures; and

    4. To provide students with a critical understanding of the development of informatics within primary and community mental health care in terms of political, legislative, policy, and cultural perspectives.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Have a basic understanding of the role of information, information management, and information technology within mental health services;

    Understand the role of information within mental health organizations and to apply their theoretical understanding to evaluate practice in order to encourage appropriate innovation and improvement in mental health information management;

    Be able to communicate as information specialists or with information specialists within mental health organizations;

    Possess a range of information and research skills to enable students to initiate and carry out research leading to improvements in their own professional practice; and

    Have a critical understanding of current issues in mental health informatics in order to develop frameworks for understanding and the development of problem-solving strategies.

  31. Major Topics: Mental health informatics.

    Technology in mental health.

    Dealing with information in mental health and

    information-based problems.

    Information infrastructure in mental health systems.

    Technology adoption issues in mental health services

    & systems.

    From paper records to digital records: the evolution of

    mental health data standards and stakeholder


    Epidemiologic, geographic, and statistical data in

    mental health.

    Legal and ethical issues in mental health informatics.

    Informatics management in mental health.

    Future directions in mental health informatics.

  32. Textbooks: Currently writing a textbook in mental health informatics for Oxford University Press. Previously used supplemental readings form the mental health literature including (but not limited to) the following readings:

    Chinman MJ, Symanski-Tondora J; Johnson A; Davidson L. The Connecticut Mental Health Center Patient Profile Project: application of a service needs index. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 2002; 15(1):29-39.

    Crawford MJ, Aldridge T, Bhui K, Rutter D, Manley C., Weaver T, Tyrer P, Fulop N. User involvement in the planning and delivery of mental health servic

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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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