Online course

Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

Understand how social media is used in healthcare, to improve communication and information sharing, with this free online course.

Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
  • Certificate Available

Why join the course?

Social media has emerged as a new channel for both seeking information, and for creating and exchanging user-generated content among peers.

But as the amount of information being uploaded to social networks such as Facebook, Whatsapp or YouTube continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern reliable health information from misleading content.

Both medical professionals and patients must be able to use digital technologies in their work and communications properly.

Practical guidance for healthcare providers, researchers and patients

This free online course provides practical guidance to healthcare providers, patients and researchers.

It is an essential course for anyone who is looking into the opportunities and challenges of using social media in healthcare, including as a mass communication tool during infectious disease epidemics.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsWelcome to Taipei Medical University, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Taiwan. I am Dr. Shabbir Syed Abdul, glad to offer online course on the role of social media in health care and research.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsWith the advancement in the mobile and communication technologies, we are changing the way we are interacting with the information. Now, we can reach millions of our followers in a matter of a few seconds. Immense amount of data is being uploaded every second. The content can be good or bad. It could be useful or it could be harmful. In this course, we focus on health-related information, opportunities, and challenges to empower care providers, patients, and general public. We cover a broad range of topics like Google trends, Health Map, patientslikeme, Mobile Apps, social generated big data, research challenges and opportunities, health communication crisis, gamification, and so on.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsWe are open, and we share. Please join us.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 13 May 2019

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in public health, and using information technology for improving health quality and patients’ safety.

Who will you learn with?

Shabbir Syed-Abdul

Dr.Shabbir Syed-Abdul,is an associate professor of Health informatics at Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.

Elia Gabarron

I am psychologist, researcher at the Norwegian Center for eHealth Reseach, in Tromsø, Norway; and also professor at the Open University of Catalonia, in Spain.

Luis Fernandez-Luque PhD

Luis Fernandez-Luque has been involved in eHealth research and development for over 10 years. He is researcher at www.qcri.org & co-funder of Salumedia. https://www.linkedin.com/in/luisfernandezluque

e-Patient Dave deBronkart

Dave deBronkart, better known as "e-Patient Dave," is the world’s best-known advocate for patient engagement. International keynote speaker about patient-clinician partnership.

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

$54.00

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