Online class on “Global Health and Social Media” this fall

Here is a great opportunity for students in the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture to learn about social media campaigns for global health issues and get hands-on experience in developing social media strategies. My online class “Global Health and Social Media” will be offered online this fall from Sept. 15 to Oct. 26. You can work on your own time (while meeting weekly deadlines of course) and earn three credits in this six-week course.

The class will include lectures on social media uses in global health campaigns as well as online sessions with leading health communication professionals. Best practices will be also explored through online discussions and a social media campaigns project.

The class will be offered as an open course in cooperation with the Center for Media+Health at VCU, which means that people outside of VCU will also be able to participate in online sessions and join in online discussions. I am experimenting with this format this fall semester and this is one of the first so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by VCU. However, only VCU students will be able to earn official course credit.

Registration is already open for this class. You can register online for “MASC 291-002 – Global Health and Social Media.” There are no prerequisites. The course website will become available in early September.

I hope to see you in September in this new online class!

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