University of Michigan
Foundational Skills for Communicating About Health
University of Michigan

Foundational Skills for Communicating About Health

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Define and collect important information about a target audience in order to make appropriate decisions about the communication effort

  • Select an audience-appropriate communications goal

  • Craft a clear, concise core message for a communication effort

  • Deploy at least two different types of narrative structures to support communications about health topics

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There are 5 modules in this course

In Week 1, we will consider how knowing your audience and your specific goals are the critical first steps to designing effective communications.

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8 videos4 readings5 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In Week 2, we will focus on developing clear takeaway messages so that communications can achieve their objectives.

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6 videos2 readings8 quizzes1 plugin

This week, we focus on using plain language to avoid jargon, and continue to practice finding a clear central message.

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4 videos2 quizzes1 peer review

In Week 4, we will learn how to use narrative forms to tell the story of science and how to think about the larger macro-structures of messages, especially when your message is designed to advocate for your central point.

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13 videos3 readings2 quizzes1 peer review

In Week 5, we will learn oral presentation skills, create a final written assignment summarizing a scientific article for a different audience, and (optionally) create a short video presentation for a public audience.

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2 videos6 readings5 quizzes1 peer review


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4.8 (41 ratings)
Brian  Zikmund-Fisher
University of Michigan
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