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    Ben Harris-Roxas

    Quite a few general social media courses are run out of comms departments at various universities, I’ve even taught in a few. Do you think a public health focus is important? I’m not asking rhetorically – a broader comms approach is often helpful in my experience.

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    Becky Freeman

    Hi Ben,

    I really do – the focus of social media courses from a comms departments would have a, naturally, comms focus. Our course is specifically for public health practitioners and researchers, so that social media tools can be incorporated into their everyday work, especially in terms of advocacy and agenda setting. We see this as a real gap in currnet public health training and practice. Also, because our public health degree is also a graduate degree, it is not a generalist knowledge course which might be more suitable for undergrads.

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