COMP_SCI 397, 497: Wireless and Mobile Health (mHealth)

Quarter Offered

Winter : 5-6:20 TuTh ; Alshurafa & Alharbi


Wireless and Mobile health (mHealth) aims to improve our health and well-being by utilizing data provided by technologies such as wearables, IoT devices, and mobile phones. In this course, we will cover foundational knowledge and topical work in mHealth. Students will learn the essential steps needed to create an mHealth system from conception to evaluation through assigned reading, group discussions, and some hands-on programming tasks. Since mHeath is an interdisciplinary field, we will cover a range of literature in human-computer interaction, wearable systems, machine learning, and health. Readings and in-class activities will prepare students for their final creative assignment that involves writing and presenting a research proposal for a mHealth system or research idea. Although this course will cover some technical aspects of mHealth, we encourage students with different backgrounds to enroll as they will work in interdisciplinary teams.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the process of creating and evaluating a mHealth system
  • Critically examine the impact of mHealth systems on people and society
  • Analyze different types of data obtained from mHealth systems 
  • Design experiments to validate mHealth systems
  • Write a proposal for an mHealth system or framework


  • Weekly paper reviews based on weekly readings
  • In-class discussion of the reading materials
  • Final mHealth project paper. This will NOT require building a system, just proposing and defending an idea, outlining possible experiments, and showing mastery of the research method as well as the literature. This project will have multiple milestones throughout the course
  • For CS students: This course fulfills the Project Course requirements.
  • For CE students: This course fulfills your CE Embedded Systems Area (via petition form).

This course is intended for advanced CS and CE undergraduates and graduate students. If you’re interested in this class, but not sure you have the background, please contact the instructor.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Nabil Alshurafa & Rawan Mansour Alharbi