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CS 4803/8803: Personal Health Informatics

Instructor: Jennifer G. Kim
Email: at cc
Office: CODA 1578B
Office Hours: After class, or email for an appointment.
Location: Engineering Sci and Mechanics 201
Time: Wednesday & Friday 2:00 – 3:15pm
Schedule: Class and reading schedule

Learning Objectives

This course will cover the design of personal health and wellness technologies. Using the personal health informatics model, we will learn various challenges in designing technologies for personal health data collection (e.g., step count, heart rate, or food intake etc.), integration, self-reflection, and behavior change. Going further, students will understand design issues in sharing personal health data and discuss design guidelines for collaborative data collection, reflection, and care. Students will apply the design issues taught during lecture to a semester-long personal health application design project.

Assignments and Grading

Your work will be graded on a list of criteria (specified on the assignment) such as quality of writing, completeness, insight into design issues, insight into health issues, etc. For each criterion, you will receive either a check plus, check, or check minus. Most criterion will receive a check. A plus means "you impressed me." A minus means the assignment is incomplete, incorrect, or sloppy in some fashion with respect to that criterion. Pluses and minues are combined to give your grade for the assignment. For most assignments, you start out half way between a B+ and A-. One plus makes it an A-; one minus makes it a B+. These are general guidelines to let you know what to expect. Grading on specific assignments may differ.

Late Policy

Assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due. Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of one grade step (e.g., A becomes A-) per day. Assignments more than one week late will not be accepted. Presentations may not be late. Responses to readings may not be late either; they serve to energize class discussion.

English as a Second Language

If Engish is not your first language, you may request to not be graded on your writing for a particular individual assignment. This means you won't be penalized for bad writing, but you also won't get credit for good writing. To take advantage of this option, you must mark "ESL" (English as a Second Language) on the first page of your assignment/paper. This option is not available for group assignments. We still of course expect you to try to write in correct English, and will do our best to offer useful feedback on your writing.

Honor Code

This class abides by the Georgia Tech Honor Code. All assigned work is expected to be individual, except where explicitly written otherwise. You are encouraged to discuss the assignments with your classmates; however, what you hand in should be your own work.


Assignments and ideas on this syllabus build on those from everyone who has taught it before, especially Lauren Wilcox. The design and materials of this course were either inspired by or adapted from a variety of courses from my colleagues and mentors here at Georgia Tech and at other universities, including: