UHP Academy - Public Understanding and Misunderstanding of Medical Science
This is a seminar offered through the University Honors Program Academy.

Course: UHPA 004
Credit: 1 UHPA credit
Time: 5:30-7:35PM
Days: Wednesday (first class Aug 21, last class Oct 2)
Location: TBD
Instructors: Jamie Yannayon and Anna Komsa

President Woodrow Wilson once said, “The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straightjacket. In its elasticity, This course focuses on how the public understands and misunderstands medical science as related to the health care sector. We will engage in discussions about science communicators, media and communication pathways,
public perception of science, and the implications of how the public understands of science in social, political, and other general contexts.

Collaborative learning and discussion will be the basis for this course. Course participants are expected to share their own experiences, ideas, connections, and questions in every class. We will analyze science communications and explore the relationship between the public and science through interactive and creative assignments. Projects and assignments will be open-ended and subject to each student?s interests within the scope of the course. Outside of the classroom, course participants will be expected to complete weekly relevant readings, short weekly assignments, and at least one project that spans multiple weeks. The goal of these assignments is to discover and investigate science communication pathways that can feed classroom discussions.

The central focus of the course is how the public receives, perceives, and understands medical science via mass media and communication pathways. We will first identify and examine these communications. Then we will evaluate how experts and science communicators approach creating those large scale communications. Finally, the course will analyze how science communication and public understanding of science influences politics, economics, and other major components of modern-day society.

Topics in this course include but are not limited to biomedical research and technology, public health, health care administration and policy, health care economics, epidemiology, pharmaceuticals, as well as applied life and natural sciences. This course will not specifically cover the history of science or medicine, science and medical education, or high-level academic research publications.

The ultimate goal of this course is to inspire students to pursue effective communication opportunities as experts in their respective fields
For more information, contact Aaron Stoller
Workshop Pre-Requisites
There are no pre-requisites for this workshop.
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