Global Infodemic Management Course for Healthcare Workers

The course is an initiative of DataLEADS supported by GlaxoSmithKline which aims to equip healthcare workers worldwide with key approaches and tools to help them address misinformation about health

Get Trained

By the end of this course, you should be able to understand and address health misinformation with key tools and approaches of infodemic management

Empower Others

Develop a framework using the online verification and content moderating strategies applied in the course that can be used to advance your organisation and career

Collaborate Worldwide

Be part of a robust global health fact-checking and infodemic management community helping to strengthen local, regional and global response to misinformation

Global Infodemic Management Course for Healthcare Workers

Course Duration:

The training consists of six modules and each module is an on-demand video of 10 to 12 minutes. The on-demand video has a single anchor for training consistency. The training modules are developed in English and have subtitles in Portuguese and Spanish.

Eligibility Criteria:

Professionals working in the following areas:

  • Doctors
  • Public health workers
  • Hospital administrators
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Vaccinators
  • Medical researchers
  • Consultants

Besides the healthcare professionals the course is open to anyone interested in infodemic management in public health. The course is free of cost. Participants need to Register Here

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Two hours to complete the course
10-12 minutes for each module
Earn a certificate
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Course Structure



What are the key information literacy and infodemic management competencies



How to decide what is a trustworthy and credible online source



Best practices to protect healthcare workers and patients from misinformation



How can healthcare workers check their own biases and be fact-warriors



Hear expert advice on how to protect patients from misinformation



Key tools and approaches to verify information


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge to the public health domain. It has not only led to the spread of the virus globally, but also resulted in the proliferation of misinformation in the form of “Infodemic”. With the upsurge of false and misleading information the healthcare workers and professionals have been confronted with daunting challenges. Health misinformation has serious consequences for society as it leads to undesirable and risk-taking behaviours. It erodes trust in the public healthcare system, leads people to fall for false preventive measures, encourages them to try unsubstantiated and unscientific therapies – all of which could lead them to harm and put their lives at risk. There is a critical and impending need to make collaborative efforts to overcome these risks. Read More

Addressing the ‘infodemic’ requires strengthening the public health response and improving the information ecosystem management to build resilience to health misinformation. There is a critical need to adopt countermeasures and make the infodemic management an essential component of 21st century health discourse.

This self-paced training course is to equip healthcare workers with necessary skills such as critical thinking, understanding human biases and learning fact checking tools to prebunk and debunk misinformation in the healthcare domain. It will also empower healthcare workers with best practice approaches and tools to help them deal with misinformation, and educate people who are influenced by unscientific claims and fake news about health, medicine and vaccination.



Why is it important for healthcare community to fight health misinformation?

Dr. Anna Blakney

"If you think back to early 2020, very few scientists knew what an RNA vaccine was, and now billions of people have gotten them. It's no wonder that people have a lot of questions, and the healthcare community is responsible for getting the correct information out there"

Dr. Gemma Bowsher

"Healthcare communities must fight health misinformation because trusted and truthful information is the universal frontline of effective public health delivery."

Dr. Altaf Lal

“Misinformation on burden and incidence of diseases places individuals and communities in harms way. It does not allow policy makers, physicians, hospitals, and government officials prepare to meet the threats and dangers in an effective and timely manner.”

Dr. Chris Zielinski

"Health is an information-intensive sector: healthcare is based on extensive data collection, information management and knowledge utilization at all levels. Knowledge is the enemy of disease. The application of what we know has a bigger impact than any drug or technology. Consequently, bad information can only cause and amplify bad health"

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