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Identifying and Mitigating Misinformation to Improve Trust in Public Health

East Baltimore
1st term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  10:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Rupali Limaye

-Health misinformation is spreading so rapidly that it may soon outpace evidence-based information.

-Are you curious in learning what makes health misinformation go viral?

-Do you have an interest in identifying and mitigating health misinformation to improve public health outcomes?

Examines misinformation and its role in influencing behaviors generally, and health behaviors specifically. Relies on literature from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, such as communication, political science, and sociology. Exposes individuals to the harms of misinformation on health outcomes, and uncover key approaches used in mitigating misinformation efforts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply evidence-based strategies, such as inoculation and pre-bunking, to the practice of health communication.
  2. Identify key strategies used in spreading misinformation.
  3. Advocate for policies for flagging misinformation for use in a variety of organizations, including social media platforms
  4. Articulate the role of media, especially social media platforms and companies, in misinformation and disinformation
  5. Convey the impact of misinformation on decision-making, including health decisions
  6. Use a standard set of criteria to assess credibility of information, including health information
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 25% Paper(s)
  • 25% Group Presentation
  • 30% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduates

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