Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Digital Health Training

Led by Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH, a prominent researcher in health communications and mobile health, the Digital Health Initiative at CIRP is working to enable an innovative, yet accountable digital health revolution. With over 40,000 mobile health apps available for download on mobile electronic devices, ranging from health education and self-diagnosis to medication reminders, the mobile health market app continues to grow at an outstanding pace. But, few have scientific evidence regarding safety or effectiveness. Our solution is to assemble a diverse team of experts to enable accountability within the digital health field by providing innovative technology, tools, training, and leadership.

The goal of the initiative is to take a systematic approach to digital health intervention evaluation as applied to injury programs. This four-pronged approach includes building innovative technology and tools to simplify rigorous, yet pragmatic health outcome evaluation of digital health applications; using CIRP’s multidisciplinary knowledge to train others to evaluate digital health interventions to achieve certain health outcomes; bringing together experts across disciplines and industries to solve major health problems; and creating digital health interventions and refining them through usability testing.

Student Responsibilities for the Digital Health Training Program:

  • Attend weekly project meetings
  • Attend regular mentorship meetings (as agreed upon with supervisor)
  • Perform literature reviews and environmental scans as related to project needs
  • Organize and manage a repository of relevant literature, blogs, and/or websites related to digital health
  • Become familiar with research protocols for selected projects
  • Assist in screening, recruiting, and enrolling participants for research protocols
  • Perform data management (i.e., data entry and quality assurance)
  • Present research findings and/or outcomes of internship activities to team and CIRP staff
  • Fulfill other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

Necessary Qualifications for the Digital Health Training Program:

  • Students must be enrolled in or have completed an undergraduate or graduate training program. A strong interest in health communications, mobile/digital health, regulatory science and/or health policy, and information technology is preferred.
  • Typical undergraduate majors include Public Health, Communications, Pre-Med, and other leading to health professions.
  • Typical graduate studies include Medicine, Public Health, Communications, Behavioral Science, or other health related areas.

Read a blog post from Darshan Donthi, a sophomore at Drexel University, about his CIRP@CHOP training experiences in Digital Health.