HLTH S367: Global Health Across Audiences: Research and Communication (Summer 2021)

Do you know any undergraduate students interested in global or public health? Dr. Jonathan Smith and I are co-teaching an online, synchronous undergraduate course for Yale University this summer on global health communication and misinformation.

Because it’s online, students from almost any institution can apply, although they should contact their home institution first to confirm that, if accepted into the course, their home institution will grant them transfer credit. Students should also contact their financial aid counselor at their home institution to find out if their current financial aid package or awards can be applied toward any of the costs associated with the course.

For students at my current home institution of UNC-Chapel Hill, the course has been officially approved for a School of Public Health General Elective Credit. You should apply for transfer credit through the UNC Office of Admissions using the Course Evaluation Form, but we’ve received confirmation that you will be approved.

Remember, applying for transfer credit is just the first step. Students then have to apply to take the course through the Yale Summer Session (see below).

The course will be part of Yale University’s Summer Session A, from June 7 through July 9. We will meet online, synchronously on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00pm-4:15pm est.

We’ve made a short webpage to provide more information. Please share this info or link with any students you think may be interested: http://tinyurl.com/HLTH367. You can also view the (early, working draft) course syllabus.

Here’s the official course description:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a tragic disconnect between the science of global health research and the communication of scientific findings to policymakers, the general public, and scientists in other fields. Global Health Across Audiences specifically addresses this concern by exploring the intersection of academic research and public health communication. Using contemporary global health issues, students learn key scientific principles of public health and epidemiological research and then discover how to translate these principles to various scientific, semi-scientific, and non-scientific audiences. It trains students on the methods and dynamics of communicating scientific findings using a variety of mediums and genres tailored for specific audiences, including narratives, op-eds, storytelling, interviews, online platforms, filmmaking, and others, to clearly and effectively communicate global health research. Enrollment limited to 17 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,500. Session A: June 7 – July 9.

If you want to skip the info and apply, go to https://summer.yale.edu/academics/courses-yale.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about the course. Our work will be both timely for and relevant beyond the current global health crisis.

Please also feel free to share the attached flyer below to help us advertise the class.

Published by Paul E. Blom

Paul E. Blom is a Teaching Fellow and doctoral student in English literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, a creative writer, copy editor, writing tutor and instructor as well as a published scholar, researcher, and presenter. His area of concentration is American literature from 1865 to the present and its intersections with literary trauma studies.

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