COMP_SCI 496: Interactive Systems for Health Behavior Change

Quarter Offered

Spring : 2-4:50 M ; Jacobs


PhD students only; Undergraduate and Masters student by permission. Here is the google form -


Health technologies are now being used by providers to improve care and by people as they manage their health in everyday life. This course will survey research at the intersection of ubiquitous computing and health informatics. We will look at how new technologies are being used to collect health data and promote behavior change. Through this seminar course, students will get exposure to the technical approaches for sensing health behaviors in everyday settings, the theories and sociotechnical principles that help in creating effective interventions, and methods for evaluating their success.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of the quarter, students will develop a deep understanding of health behavior change literature. They will practice core research skills, developing a research proposal that integrates theory, design, and analysis. They will also practice core professional skills by leading discussions and presenting research ideas.

INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Jacobs