Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Maria Ciarleglio

Second Advisor

Frederick Gertz


With the increasing burden of chronic diseases on the global population, many stakeholders see digital health technologies and devices as potential solutions to improve patient self-management of their disease and offer novel treatment methods. Digital health solutions including mobile apps, web-based programs, texting, and connected devices have been applied to a wide variety of diseases. In recent years, interest in digital health technologies has exploded with almost 200 digital health related articles published in PubMed in 2019 alone. In particular, digital health holds great potential in improving and enhancing the traditional clinical trial by increasing patient recruitment and retention and introducing novel assessment and collection methods that shift clinical trials from the physical site to the patients’ home. Digital health is poised to fundamentally shift how clinical trials are conducted. However, serious challenges from potential regulatory restrictions and data privacy issues will need to be addressed before patients, physicians, and other stakeholders can fully realize the benefits of digital health.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

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