How Global Health Students Can Engage with Our Digital Health Initiatives

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Digital health leverages information technology and related tools in analytics, data communications, information science, and knowledge management to help transform health care and improve the health and well-being of people around the globe.

The intellect, energy, and creativity of academia—particularly of its students—help our Digital Health Team explore new lines of inquiry, test hypotheses, and learn from what works, and what doesn’t.

A Record of Successful Academic Partnerships

We’ve engaged student programs to bring individuals and teams to work on a variety of global digital health challenges. We’ve worked with both undergraduate and graduate programs on collaborations that have lasted anywhere from one semester to an entire academic year.

Examples include:

  • A team of computer science students at NC State University developed a workforce pressure calculator using data from DHIS2, iHRIS, and a time and motion investigation in Namibia.
  • A computer science student at Duke University delivered the first iteration of a mobile iHRIS app for Android phones.
  • Students in the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics developed maps on health worker attacks worldwide and weather-sensitive transport routes for medical supplies in Senegal, in two separate projects.
  • Two teams of masters’ capstone students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health helped us explore the potential of adapting our Android app—developed to improve maternal and newborn health in India—to other countries.

Join Us for Future Collaborations

We’re seeking student engagements beyond the US to explore potential digital health solutions that can help us achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Our approach is designed to harness the creativity of students, empowered by their faculty and emboldened to reach beyond current paradigms. We believe that student collaborations help us expand our vision and better meet the challenges we face in global health.

If you are part of an accredited academic institution of higher learning and have programs at the undergraduate or graduate levels, please contact us to discuss possibilities for engagement.

More information on other ways to work with IntraHealth, including internships, is available here