Events

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Upcoming events

Seminar | Facts, fakes, and fascism: On mpox and misinformationHeadshot of Kai Kupferschmidt

Tuesday, February 27 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  FXB G11 or Zoom

Join Science Magazine journalist, Kai Kupferschmidt, for a dive into how misinformation affected the mpox crisis.

Lunch will be served.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Stanford Health Equity Media Fellowship and the Harvard Chan School’s Health Communication Concentration.

In-person RSVP
Zoom registration

Past events

Seminar | Using social media to advocate for environmental justiceHeadshot of Kristy Drutman

Wednesday, January 24 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  Kresge 502

Featuring Kristy Drutman, content creator and environmental educator.

 

 

 


Workshop | Social video boot camp: How to craft compelling content for public health

Instagram, TikTok, YouTube logos

Tuesday, January 23 | 5:30–8:00 pm ET |  FXB G10

Featuring Kristy Drutman, content creator and environmental educator.

 

 

 

 


Seminar | Today’s media landscape, and what it means for public health

Dick Tofel, veteran news executive

Wednesday, November 15 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  Kresge 502

Featuring Dick Tofel, a veteran news executive and former president of ProPublica

 

 

 


Seminar | Crisis communications and reputation management in our timesGabby Stern, director of communications at the WHO

Wednesday, November 8 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  Kresge 502

Featuring Gabby Stern, director of communications at the World Health Organization

 

 

 


Seminar | Creators for change

David Craig, creators for change researcher and visiting scholar at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center

Tuesday, October 31 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  Kresge 200

Featuring David Craig, visiting scholar at the Institute for Rebooting Social Media at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center and clinical professor, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

 

 

 


Seminar | Communications for policy impact: Messaging for public health leadersAndy Burness, founder and president of communications firm Burness

Thursday, October 12 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  Kresge G2 and virtual

Featuring Andy Burness, founder and president of health and science communications firm Burness.

 

 

 


Seminar | Unprecedented: Lessons learned from covering fast moving pandemics

Apoorva Mandavilli of the New York Times

Wednesday, September 20 | 1:00–1:50 pm ET |  Kresge 502

Featuring Apoorva Mandavilli, science and health journalist at the New York Times.

 

 

 

 


Creators Summit on Mental Health @ Harvard Chan SchoolCreators Summit on Mental Health

August 3-4 / all day 

In August 2023, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reconvened leading creators from our 2023 Creators Summit on Mental Health for an exclusive in-person followup. Participating creators engaged with experts and clinicians at Harvard and beyond to talk about cutting-edge research and policy prescriptions, learn key evidence-based health communication principles, and share their communications expertise with our campus community.  Learn more about the agenda.


Top social media influencers on how to build a successful social-video channel

Creators Summit on Mental HealthFriday, August 4 / 1:00—1:50 pm / Kresge 502 and virtual

Top mental health influencers discussed how to effectively use TikTok and other social platforms to communicate health information and inspire audiences to act.

This special all-access event, intended for Harvard students and staff, was part of the Center for Health Communication’s invitation-only Creators Summit on Mental Health

 


Creators Summit on Mental HealthCreators Summit on Mental Health

April 5-28 / Virtual 

Throughout April 2023, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convened an exclusive group of leading mental-health creators for a virtual summit. Participating creators engaged with experts and clinicians at Harvard and beyond to talk about cutting-edge research, emerging policy prescriptions, and critical new resources in mental health.

Explore the summit and meet our participating creators.


Spring workshop | Learn to use TikTok to share health and science information

Thumbnail of youtube video about tips for scicomm on TikTokTuesday, March 21 and April 4 / 5:30-8:o0 pm ET

Short vertical video—the kind you can’t stop watching on TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts—is today’s most popular and compelling story form. Attendees of this event heard insider tips for this powerful storytelling format and had the opportunity to practice.

 

 


Student workshop | From Act Against AIDS to Let’s Stop HIV Together: The 14-year evolution of an HIV campaign

Jo Ellen Stryker of the CDC

Thursday, March 23 / 1-1:50 pm ET

Lessons learned about framing, priority audiences, and unintended effects from Jo Ellen Stryker, Chief of the Prevention Communication Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 

 


Panel + Networking Hour | Careers in Health Communication

Cristi Barnett, Emily Kontos, Ekta Saksena, and Jo Stryker

Wednesday, March 22 / 5:30-7:00 pm ET

A panel discussion and exclusive networking opportunity with Cristi Barnett, VP and Head of Corporate Communications at Editas Medicine; Emily Kontos, Managing Editor at EBSCO Health; Ekta Saksena, Senior Health Communication Specialist at FHI 360; and Jo Stryker, Chief of the Prevention Communication Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC.

 


AMA | New York Times global-health reporter Stephanie NolenStephanie Nolen New York Times reporter, global health

 

Wednesday, March 22 / 1-1:50 pm ET

In this event, Stephanie Nolen, a journalist at the New York Times, answered student questions about global-health journalism.

 

 


Student workshop | TikTok, Gen-Z influencers, and the child tax credit: Lessons for public health

Mikka Macdonald of Community Change (left) and Ashwath Narayanan of Social Currant (right)

Wednesday, February 8 / 1-1:50 pm ET

Featuring Mikka Kei Macdonald, creative director, Community Change, and Ashwath Narayanan, founder + CEO, Social Currant. 

 

 

 


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

Photo of a group of press photographers taking photos

Fall 2022  

In this 7-class noncredit seminar, Richard J. Tofel, former president of ProPublica and distinguished visiting fellow at Harvard Chan, gives 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.

Read our Q&A with Tofel about why this class matters. Follow us on Twitter to catch up on key lessons learned each week.


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.”

 

 

 


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 Psychology of Misinformation Lab at Northeastern University.

 

 

 

 


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 

Featuring Gabriella Stern, director of communications at the World Health Organization.

 

 

 

 


Social | Fall open house for health and science communicators  

Illustration of a talk bubble with the "..." symbolized by crumpled up paper

Monday, September 26 / 5-6:30 pm 

Today’s public health leaders must engage with an increasingly fragmented and skeptical world. This open house provided attendees with insights about how the Center for Health Communication and the Health Communication Concentration can help them to become more powerful health and science communicators.

 


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.