SPPH 581H - Social media in health & medicine

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Course Description

This course introduces graduate students in public health and health services to the technologies and research associated with social media usage in health and medicine. eHealth is the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in healthcare which is increasingly important to improving health services globally. Social media is changing how health practitioners, researchers and consumers find, share and discuss health information, contribute their understanding to health and manage Information in the digital age. Workflow practices are changing as a result and the current and potential uses for social media apply to decisions made by all health professionals and consumers.

Why this course?

Social media is changing how health practitioners, researchers and consumers find, share and discuss health information, contribute their understanding to health and manage Information in the digital age. Workflow practices are changing as a result and the current and potential uses for social media apply to decisions made by all health professionals and consumers. The course will guide practicing health and human service professionals who wish to explore how they can leverage social media in their professional practice. This is a hands‐on course where students will work with social media.

What are the course objectives?

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. define social media and its associated terminologies in health and medicine (e.g. medicine 2.0, health 2.0, mHealth, pHealth, user‐generated content, collaboration, business models)
  2. discuss the trends of social media and their integration into collaborative practices in health and medicine, population and public health, research, administration, continuing education (including patient education) and interdisciplinarity
  3. evaluate major social media tools in a meaningful context for relevance to health and medicine
  4. describe benefits, risks and barriers associated with using social media in health and medicine
  5. support others learning about and using social media
  6. expand professional networks using social media
  7. confidently and appropriately apply at least one social media tool to each of the following:
a. information retrieval
b. professional networking
c. productivity and information‐management
d. resource‐sharing and aggregation
e. clinical trials and telemedicine (e.g., mobile health)
f. immersive research and education

How can professionals apply to take this course?

Non-UBC students can take the course by first enrolling in “unclassified studies” – this process is outlined here. (If you’ve previously studied at UBC, there is a shortcut to this process by sending an email to non.degree@ubc.ca with your name, UBC student number, date of birth and dates you previously attended UBC.)

Assessment

  1. Wiki article 10%
  2. Group Class Tutorial Presentation 25%
  3. Weekly Reflective (micro)blogging 30%
  4. Project 35%

Course format

SPPH 581H: Social Media in Health & Medicine utilizes a blended approach using a combination of online and face-to-face learning. Each week begins with a presentation and examination of cases. Student presentations form a major part of the course so that examples, benefits, risks and constraints of social media in health and medicine can be evaluated. Debate is part of class discussions especially the assigned readings and tools used. To apply knowledge, students may be asked to engage in workshop-like activities. Participation is expected in class (e.g., online and face to face) and peer assessment is a shared responsibility. Self- and peer-directed learning is important to success in this course. Students are expected to blog their findings and thoughts of the issues discussed in class and to participate in question and answer sessions on student blogs.

Week SPPH 581H - Social media in health & medicine topic Group Guest speaker
Class I - September 8th, 2011 Introduction to social media in health and medicine Small group discussions Dean Giustini
Class II - September 15th, 2011 Social media in health and medicine Small group discussions Dr. Kendall Ho, eHealth Strategy, UBC (confirmed)
Class III - September 22nd, 2011 Consumer health and social media Small group discussions Social media week
Class IV - September 29th, 2011 Publication technologies: blogs and wikis in health and medicine Group A presentation Dr. Anita Palepu (confirmed)
Class V - October 6th, 2011 Search technologies in health and medicine Group B presentation Yolanda Limin, UBC eHealth Strategy (confirmed)
Class VI - October 13th, 2011 Social networking in health and medicine Group C presentation Noreen Kamal, PhD candidate (confirmed)
Class VII - October 20th, 2011 Technologies for efficiency & productivity: productivity/ project & file collaboration Group D presentation Dr. Carolyn Haythornthwaite (confirmed)
Class VIII - October 27th, 2011 Technologies for efficiency & productivity: visualization, decision support Group E presentation Liz Heathcote, UBC eHealth Strategy (confirmed)
Class IX - November 3rd, 2011 Social multimedia in health and medicine Group F presentation Michelle Reid, HelloCoolWorld
Class X - November 10th, 2011 Global health research and social media Group G presentation Dr. Callison, Assistant Professor
Class XI - November 17th, 2011 Mobile devices and social media in health and medicine Group H presentation Daniel Hooker, Researcher at eHealth Strategy Office, UBC
Class XII - November 24th, 2011 Social media in virtual health and medical practices Group I presentation Shane Dawson - SNAPP social network visualizations
Final class of term Wrapup

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