Health Communication Summer Institute

Lisa Gualtieri meeting with Summer Institute students

Health communication is critical in today’s fast changing health care landscape. With the explosion of health-related websites, social media technologies, and mobile apps, clinicians, policy-makers, and public health professionals must be well versed in effective health communication across a wide range of media and audiences. Health literacy, strategies to reach target populations, communication campaigns and promotion of behavior change are all affected by these technological shifts. The Summer Institute in Health Communication enables public health and health care professionals to keep pace with these changes with intensive summer courses. These courses provide hands-on training both from Tufts faculty and professionals in the field working to develop and implement effective health communication.

Course Offerings

Mobile Health Design (online)
May 21 - June 18, 2014
Learn how to design evidence-based health apps that incorporate mobile user experience, predictive analytics, and big data to help people achieve their health goals.

Health Literacy Leadership Institute
June 9 - 13, 2014
Learn how health literacy can improve patient-provider communication and healthcare quality, and how it can be applied when working directly with patients or adult learners in educational settings.


Digital Strategies for Health CommunicationJuly 20 - 25, 2014
Develop skills to use the web, social media, and mobile technologies to strategically deliver effective health messages to your audience.

What Previous Attendees are saying

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"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