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
By the end of this course, you should be able to understand and address health misinformation with key tools and approaches of infodemic management
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
Be part of a robust global health fact-checking and infodemic management community helping to strengthen local, regional and global response to misinformation
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.
Professionals working in the following areas:
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 Register Here
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
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.
Renowned Microbiologist and Virologist, Professor at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Assistant Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC, Canada