Posted: April 24, 2013

The Integration of Social Media into Public Health Education: Lessons Learned


The objective of this research was to assess the benefits, drawbacks, and best practices of using social media as part of public health courses both to enhance education and teach students skills. Few studies to date have evaluated the effectiveness of social media use in public health or medical education. Through the use of pre- and post-surveys, the benefits and drawbacks to students were assessed as well as the increase in knowledge and skills. Overall, student response was positive. One the primary benefits to them was their increased comfort with using social media in a professional capacity while the primary drawback was the impact of multi-tasking on their concentration.


Medical Education, Social Media, Public Health Education


Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, Tufts University School of Medicine