User Studies and Information Behavior in Health


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge, skills and competences obtained in the course module: Innovation and Technological Change in a Healthcare Context or knowledge, skills and competences equivalent to this.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module will teach students how to study users and their interactions with information and IT systems in the health care sector. An understanding of user practice and information behavior is essential for successful implementation and evaluation of digital health systems. The module provides insight into theories and methods for analyzing and understanding digital practice in healthcare. This includes theories on practice and information behavior and different methods for data collection including both qualitative as well as data-driven approaches for understanding user practice at the individual, group and organizational level. 

Learning objectives


  • Information behavior and digital practice in health 

  • Methods for mapping and analyzing information behavior and digital practice in health 


  • Collect and analyse data regarding information behavior and digital practices in healthcare 

  • Communicate and discuss information behavior and digital practices in health implementation and adoption with professionals and non-professionals  


  • Independently plan and conduct studies of user practices and behavior 

  • Participate in an interdisciplinary collaboration to solve problems related to user practice 


Type of instruction

This course focuses on providing the students with an understanding of user interactions and information behavior. The course will be based on blended learning, a combination of physical attendance, online seminars, and group work. It is organized as a mix of lectures and presentations followed by individual project work based on students' own cases. 



Name of examUser Studies and Information Behavior in Health
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsSee semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBrugerstudier- og informationsadfærd indenfor sundhedsområdet
Module codeSOTDH24M3_3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Digital Health
Study BoardStudy Board of Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Health Science and Technology
FacultyThe Faculty of Medicine