HCI 385 Consumer Health Informatics • 5 Cr.


This course focuses on consumer healthcare information needs, information seeking behaviors, and information sources. Topics include social networks, patient portals and information sources focused on health conditions. Additional focus will be given to development, use and regulation of personal health records as well as evaluation of health condition specific information available on the web. Prerequisite: HCI 310 with the grades of C or higher, or permission of the instructor. Previously HCTM 385.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss historical, legal and social trends surrounding consumer health informatics and consumer information needs 
  • Evaluate currently available consumer health information technologies 
  • Examine the impact of technology on consumer health decision making 
  • Compare and contrast different consumer health informatics tools - personal health records, patient portals, and social networking 
  • Propose methods to evaluate consumer health and information literacy 
  • Summarize healthcare informatics policies and regulations that impact consumer health informatics