Tufts University School of Medicine's certificate program in Digital Health Communication gives graduates the skills for creating effective health communication messaging and campaigns using digital media, including the web, social media, and mobile technologies. Given the current explosion of digital communication, this program will provide a tailored skill set that can be used across organizations of all types and sizes, including consulting and public relations firms, hospitals and healthcare systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies, and public health departments.
A leader in the field, Tufts introduced one of the first master’s degrees in health communication in 1994; the certificate program builds upon this existing expertise by offering one the few graduate-level programs of its kind. Designed for working professionals, the certificate can be completed on a part-time basis in one year. The program begins with a week-long on-campus summer session, Digital Strategies for Health Communication, and continues with an additional four online courses offered evenings using synchronous technology.
Students in Digital Strategies for Health Communication have said:
"Taking the Digital Strategies course greatly expanded my knowledge and proficiency for using technology and social media in clinical research. From a dissemination standpoint, it is essential to incorporate the effective use of technology to develop a communication strategy, maintain a web and mobile presence, and successfully communicate with the patients and the research community. Thanks to the tools I learned in Digital Strategies, I am now able to effectively use technology to accomplish these goals."
- Laurel K Leslie, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children
"This was the best professional development course I’ve been to. The following week I wrote part of a proposal based on what I learned; my company won that bid and I now lead online strategy for the project."
- Zena Itani, Senior Policy Associate, Altarum Institute, Washington, DC