This course is a comprehensive introduction to concepts and tools for Evidence-Based Journalism for Health. It aims to develop and enhance the capacity of journalists and health communicators in producing and reporting accurate and timely information, in a language and format that people understand, with a solutions-based approach to journalism, to enable populations to make health-promoting decisions and to adopt positive behaviors that contribute to achieving public health goals, while combating misinformation, fear, and stigma. The course offers tools for communicators and journalists, particularly those covering or interested in health and science, to communicate evidence-based, clear, accurate, and timely content through news, human interest stories, editorials, interviews, reports, press releases, chronicles, and other formats, in multiple media while keeping a sense of ethics and values on their work.
The Evidence-Based Journalism for Health course is sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Like all NextGenU.org courses, it is competency-based; competencies were developed in collaboration with subject matter experts in journalism, climate change, mental health, substance abuse, and taking into consideration the following competencies set and programs "UNESCO Series on Journalism Education Model Curricula for Journalism Education", “Tartu Declaration of the European Journalism Training Association”, “Health and Medical Journalism; University of Georgia”, “Health Communication, BA/BS Grand Valley State University”, “Health Communication and Precision Journalism; Instituto de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Salud Gregorio Marañón”, “Medical Journalism Elective NYU Langone Health”, and “Medical Journalism; Shiraz University of Medical Sciences”,
The course uses learning resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as WHO/PAHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization. The course was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) working alongside Lothar M. Mikulla (Corporate Communications Officer, President’s Office) and Kemberley Gittens (Operations Officer (Social Analyst) at the Caribbean Development Bank). The course was developed in collaboration with PAHO. The PAHO team includes Dr. Luis Alfonzo B, (Substance Abuse Advisor); Lisa Bayley (International PAHO Consultant); Dr. Claudina Cayetano (Mental Health Regional Advisor (NMH/MH)); Dr. Jonathan Drewry (Climate Change and Health Advisor); Dr. Elisa Prieto Lara (Caribbean Subregional NCD and Mental Health Advisor); Sebastian Oliel (WHO/PAHO Media and Communication Specialist); and Dr. Benjamin Puertas (Sub-, Human Resources Regional Advisor at Pan American Health Organization). The course was designed by and Pablo Baldiviezo, MD, DiplEd.; Carolina Bustillos, MD, DiplEd; Jamila Conliffe, MPH; Hugo Rojas, MD, MSc.
For publications on NextGenU.org’s courses’ efficacy, see “A Novel Integration of Online and Flipped Classroom Instructional Models in Public Health Higher Education,” (2014), BMC Medical Education, “Building Public Health Capacity through Online Global Learning,” (2018), Open Praxis, or on NextGenU.org’s publication page. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of future updates, new courses, and to be part of our community.
There are 4 modules to complete, which include:
The completion time for this course is estimated at 23 hours, comprising 6 hours of learning resources, 6 hours for time to study content and assimilation, and 11 hours of participating in learning activities and quizzes, to assist the learners in the synthesis of learning materials.
The course requires completion of case studies and activity simulation. At the end of each module, there is a practice quiz of ten (10-20) multiple-choice questions. After you’ve completed each lesson, quiz, and learning activity, at the end of the course, you’ll have access to a final exam consisting of fifty (50) multiple-choice questions, and a chance to evaluate this course. Participants have up to three opportunities to take the final exam and achieve the required score of >=70%.
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