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Creating solutions together: Students in BBH and IST team up for this semester's mHealth Challenge

Drawing on personal experiences with real-world problems, students in the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are putting their heads together to create mobile technologies that advance health and well-being.

As part of Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this semester, students in BBH and IST will participate in mHealth, a challenge that allows undergraduate students to work in cross-discipline teams to mock-up a mobile health application that addresses a societal health need associated with a specific targeted audience. The event is scheduled for Nov. 17.

The PSU mHealth is modeled after a typical consulting scenario in which a group of subject matter experts (in this case BBH) work with technology experts (IST students) to create a prototype that addresses a defined program or issue for a defined audience.

Students from JoAnn Foley-Defiore’s course in BBH and students from Jim Jansen’s IST course are the collaborators.

“The idea is to really take a behavioral theory … and enable it through mobile technology,” said Meg Small, assistant director for innovations and social change at the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center.

Programs in the Department of Biobehavioral Health prepare students to look at health issues in an integrated way, by taking into account the many different factors—biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental—that influence health throughout the life span.

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