Open online course “Global Health and Social Media” offered again in fall semester

Smart Phones and Digital Tablets ExhibitionThis fall semester, I am offering again the undergraduate open online course on “Global Health and Social Media” at Virginia Commonwealth University. The course will run over the entire semester this year and course content will be released on the course website in weekly modules, starting with the first module on the first day of class.

The course is offered as an open course at the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture in cooperation with the new Center for Media+Health at VCU. It was developed in consultation with VCU’s ALT Lab. I am co-teaching the course with Vivian Medina-Messner and my doctoral student Jeanine Guidry will assist with the course again as well.

The course will provide students at VCU and interested public participants with a chance to learn about social media campaigns for global health issues and to get hands-on experience in developing social media strategies for nonprofit clients. VCU students enrolled in the “MASC 291 – Global Health and Social Media” class in the fall semester 2014 will be able to receive course credit for their participation and work. Public participants won’t be able to receive course credit from VCU, but are welcome to engage in the course discussions and projects. The enrollment process for public participants will be announced this summer.

In this course, students can work on their own time (while meeting weekly deadlines). The class will include lectures on social media uses in global health campaigns as well as online sessions with leading health communication and social media professionals. Best practices will be also explored through online discussions and a social media campaigns project for a nonprofit client. The course does not use a textbook, but we will assign online readings that will become available on the first day of the course. The course is designated as a service-learning class by VCU’s Division of Community Engagement.

I am looking forward to seeing you in this course! Please e-mail me, if you have any questions.

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