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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2001;7(4):109-119.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2001.7.4.109    Published online December 31, 2001.
Web-Based Instruction For Public Health Officials-A Prototype Development And Preliminary Evaluation
Eunkyeong Jeong, Jeehee Kim, Sookja Yang, Younghack Shin, Younghee Yoon, Byung Chul Chun
1Health and Welfare Training Center, National Institute of Health, Korea.
2Department of Preventive Medicine, Konyang University, Medical College, Korea.

Health and Welfare Training Center of Korean National Institute of Health (KNIH) has developed various education curricula for the officials who involved in the public health or welfare sectors. Still almost all education programs are off-line based. In off-line settings, both the lecturers and the students should come to KNIH from their counties to join the education programs, and it is impossible for the students to review or to re-practice the education contents. From September to October, 2000, we conducted a basic survey to evaluate the information infrastructure, internet use and attitude to the cyber education. The 183 institutions and 548 public health officials answered our questionnaire. The informationa infrastructure of each institution was not satisfactory for distance education via world wide web. The proportion of e-mail user was only about 62% of the answered subjects. But cyber- education was highly needed in both institutions and the surveyed officials. They answered that they would actively participate in the cyber-education(97%). The officials expected that the online education would be effective to acquire information, to increase the chance for participation and to reduce the education cost. The expected barriers of the cyber-education were the overload when they should undergo simultaneously education and working, lack of proper infrastructure, disinterest of their low capability of internet use.

Key Words: Distance Education, Internet, Web-Based Instruction, Public Health Officials, Education and Training for Officials


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