Friday, March 21, 2014

Health communications at Tufts this summer

I'm pleased to pass along this note from Professor Lisa Gualtieri, Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine:

The Tufts University School of Medicine’s 2014 Summer Institute offers three courses critical to staying current with the field of health communication:  

·         Mobile Health Design a synchronous 5 week online course
·         Digital Strategies for Health Communication, a one week course delivered on our Health Sciences campus in Boston

·         Health Literacy Institute, a one week course and professional forum also delivered on our Health Sciences campus

For professionals seeking a more comprehensive experience, the Health Communication Program has just launched a new academic offering, the  Certificate in Digital Health Communication. This program provides the foundational principles of health communication through a digital lens.  Participants will learn how to create targeted health communication messaging and campaign development using digital media such as the web, social media, and mobile technologies.  Designed for working professionals, the certificate can be completed on a part-time basis in one year, from summer to summer.  The program starts with Digital Strategies for Health Communication in June and continues with two half credit courses in the fall, one full credit course in the spring and Mobile Health Design the following summer. 

Here are what past participants have said:

“Taking the Digital Strategies course greatly expanded my knowledge and proficiency for using technology and social media in clinical research. From a dissemination standpoint, it is essential to incorporate the effective use of technology to develop a communication strategy, maintain a web and mobile presence, and successfully communicate with the patients and the research community. Thanks to the tools I learned in Digital Strategies, I am now able to effectively use technology to accomplish these goals."
Laurel K Leslie, MD, MPH, Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children

“This was the best professional development course I’ve been to. The following week I wrote part of a proposal based on what I learned; my company won that bid and I now lead online strategy for the project”. 
Zena Itani, Senior Policy Associate, Altarum Institute, Washington, DC

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