HCI 350 Usability and User Centered Design • 5 Cr.


This course covers the role of human factors, usability, and user centered design in healthcare. Presents the impact of clinical information system design and usability on risk for medical errors. Students will evaluate usability testing methods appropriate for the type of healthcare setting and user characteristics along with system redesign to improve usability. Prerequisites: HCI 310 and HCI 315, or permission of the instructor. Previously HCTM 350.

Description starting Summer 2021

This course covers the approaches and strategies in user-centered design in healthcare. Students will study usability and user experience (UX) and apply basic design principles, design thinking, process design and prototyping, testing, and evaluation to healthcare information systems. The course introduces current methods for usability assessment and building requirements in different healthcare settings. Topics also include agile approaches and planning and methods for innovation. Prerequisite: Admission to any baccalaureate program at Bellevue College.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the role of usability, human factors, and user centered design in healthcare 
  • Examine principles of usability and human factor design as applied to healthcare information systems 
  • Describe how attention to design and usability can mitigate risk for medical error in high complexity situations 
  • Apply principles of user-centered design to evaluation of healthcare information systems 
  • Evaluate current methods for usability assessment in different healthcare settings 
  • Develop guidelines for usability testing of a given healthcare information system taking into account the setting and users 
  • Discuss the impact of cognitive workflow on clinical information system usability