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The Science of Narrative: Intersectionality of Storytelling and Public Health

1st term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • David Olawuyi Fakunle
David Fakunle

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces the basic components, concepts, and frameworks of storytelling. Examines the science within the narrative arts. Challenges students to present the art within public health sciences. Emphasizes critical perspective on how nuances and merits of public health research should be expressed to relevant audiences, including community members and policymakers. Explores why storytelling is a powerful modality for conveying uncommon knowledge and insight in a manner that appreciates common experiences. Explores approaches that capture narratives for health research and practice. Prepares students to combine data and narrative while acknowledging both as essential to effective public health advocacy. Encourages a re-imagination of public health’s epistemology, pedagogy, and methodology.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Practice the basic tenets of storytelling
  2. Think critically about how to effectively discuss public health science to non-scientific audiences
  3. Relate research to the real (i.e., not hypothetical, theoretical or conceptual) circumstances of populations
  4. Successfully integrate narrative and data to create a holistic and more effective approach
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Final Project

Instructor Consent:

No consent required