Mind The Science Gap is linked to the Science Communication through Social Media graduate course at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The course is run each semester and has ten places for Master of Public Health students. If you would like to apply to participate in the course, please send the course instructor Andrew Maynard an email with the following information:
- Your department, your graduating year and the degree you are studying for; and
- A brief paragraph describing why you want to take this course and how you think you will benefit from it;
This course is not designed to teach the art of science blogging (although inevitably this will be a by-product), and because of this, no previous experience with blogging and social media is needed. Rather, through the medium of the blog, it is designed to teach participants how to collate, synthesize and translate scientific evidence into information that a non-expert audience can access, understand and act on.
The course is not an easy option – posting one blog per week for ten weeks is a tough challenge. Yet it is invaluable for developing skills that support communicating complex public health issues to diverse audiences, including colleagues, management, customers, funders, policy makers, stakeholders, and members of the public.
Further information can be found in the course syllabus.