Events

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Ongoing events

New course | Engaging with the Press: A Practical Look at Effective Public Health Communications 

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Fall 2022  

In this 7-class noncredit seminar, Richard J. Tofel, former president of ProPublica and distinguished visiting fellow at Harvard Chan, will give students a deeper understanding of the relationship between public health and the press, a subject of particular importance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration now open to students at Harvard Chan School and elsewhere at Harvard. Read our Q&A with Tofel about why this class matters right now.  


Upcoming events

 

Student workshop | A COVID-era case study in modern crisis communication 

Photo of Gabby Stern, director of communications at the WHO

Friday, September 30 / 1-1:50 pm ET / Kresge G2

Featuring Gabriella Stern, director of communications at the World Health Organization. This event is part of our ongoing student workshop series, Health Communication in a Changing World, presented jointly with the Health Communication Concentration.

Registration now open to students at Harvard Chan School and elsewhere at Harvard. This is an on-campus event. Lunch will be provided.


Student workshop | Countering health misinformation: What really works 

Photo of Briony Swire-Thompson

Thursday, October 27 / 1-1:50 pm ET

Featuring Briony Swire-Thompson, head of the Misinformation Lab at Northeastern University. This event is part of our ongoing student workshop series, Health Communication in a Changing World, presented jointly with the Health Communication Concentration.

Registration will open in early October. This is an on-campus event reserved for Harvard Chan students. Lunch will be provided.

 


Student workshop | How to use narrative to highlight disparities and catalyze change

Photo of Linda Villarosa

Tuesday, November 8 / 1-1:50 pm ET

Featuring Linda Villarosa, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and author of “Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation.” This event is part of our ongoing student workshop series, Health Communication in a Changing World, presented jointly with the Health Communication Concentration.

Registration will open in early October. This is an on-campus event reserved for Harvard Chan students. Lunch will be provided.


Past events

Social | Fall open house for health and science communicators  

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Monday, September 26 / 5-6:30 pm / Kresge Atrium

Today’s public health leaders must engage with an increasingly fragmented and skeptical world. Join us to learn more about how the Center for Health Communication and the Health Communication Concentration can help you become a more powerful health and science communicator.

This is an on-campus event for all Harvard Chan community members. Food and drinks will be provided. No registration required.


Journalist Joanne Kenen teaches The Media and the Message: Understanding the Media Landscape and Its Impact on Public Health at Harvard Chan in Spring 2022

Seminar | The Media and the Message: Understanding the Media Landscape and Its Impact on Public Health 

Spring 2022 

In this three-part, noncredit seminar, veteran health journalist Joanne Kenen gave students a clear view of changes in the American media landscape and how they affect public health.

Read one student’s reflections on what they learned in this course.