For a few years now I’ve been writing about the digital health communication curriculum at Tufts University School of Medicine, falling within the institution’s Public Health and Professional Degree Programs. It goes without saying that I am a fan. The Certificate in Digital Health Communication program gives professionals working in healthcare the skills needed to create effective health communication messaging and campaigns using digital media, including the web, social media, and mobile technologies. Designed for working professionals, the certificate can be completed on a part-time basis in one year. With the program evolving and maturing, I thought this would be a good time for an update on its development.
The first news is that the program, which began in July 2014, now has graduates! Here’s a link to a page that profiles some of the graduates of the program. Below is a screen shot of a couple of their testimonials. These are the pioneers – the first class of graduates! The good news is that the Tufts Digital Health Communication certificate program was built on the foundation of the Master of Science in Health Communication, which was one of the first of its kind in the nation, launching in 1994. And now the certificate program has graduates, professionals working in the healthcare arena, who can speak firsthand to its value. I encourage you to check out their comments.
Tufts has also announced the availability of partial scholarships for the first time for students applying to the Digital Health Communication certificate program at Tufts University School of Medicine. The scholarships are for people who work with underserved populations or are employed in state or local public health. Visit http://publichealth.tufts.edu/Academics/HCOM-Program/Certificate/Tuition for additional details about the scholarship opportunity.
For more information about the Digital Health Communication certificate program, visit http://publichealth.tufts.edu/Academics/HCOM-Program/Certificate. Congratulations to Lisa Gualtieri and the team at Tufts for creating a program that has such relevance to the industry. It is so important to shine a light on the role of digital communication within healthcare and the possibilities it represents.