Social Media Tools
 Course ID: 1028864
 Format: Web-based Training - Self-study (Online)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Non Clinical
 Course Number: SOMES0211
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): 2 CHES
Course Description:

This online course is an introduction to the many social media tools that are being used by public health organizations to connect in new, different and interactive ways with the communities they serve. Through tutorials, videos and activities, you will strengthen your knowledge and skills in using social media. This is the first in a three-part series designed to provide an overview of how social media can be used effectively in public health practice. Parts 2 and 3 (ready later in 2011) examine how social media can be used to address a public health intervention and gather information about the community.

Course Overview

  • Work at your own pace to gain familiarity with various technologies.
  • “Ask the Expert” to receive answers to questions about social media tools via an online discussion forum.
  • Opportunity to participate in an interactive web conference.
  • Share your thoughts, ideas, and reactions with others who are learning about social media tools.
  • Learn about Twitter, blogs, RSS, social networks, YouTube and online videos, text messaging, online data visualization tools, online collaborative writing, and online communities.
  • Step-by-step directions assist in getting started with social media tools.
  • Explore many social media applications through a variety of links and articles.
  • Discover how social media tools are being implemented in public health.

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify major social media tools currently being used in public health programs
  • Use nine social media tools to communicate with others
  • Recognize other social media tools that may be used in public health practice

Continuing Education
The Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, MI0094, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This Providership is through December 31, 2016.
Subject Area(s):
Health / Risk Communications
Public Health
Background/Role(s): None
Course Language(s):
Course Level: Introductory
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals:
Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: yes
Registration Restrictions: Please go to the Michigan Public Health Training Center at to complete registration and access course.
Sponsor: Michigan Public Health Training Center
Accreditations: none
Special Notes:
Course Contacts
Phone: (734)615-9439
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