Learning Objectives

The course seeks to combine academic public health research with individual stories in order to better advance public health issues. Working in small groups, students receive training in the art of visual advocacy and produce short films on public health issues to be used strategically to advance public health issues.

By the end of the course, each student will possess the skills needed to:

  1. 1.    Identify ways visual media can explain complex public health scholarship and make it more accessible to the general public
  2. 2.    Analyze the research, theory, method of epidemiology to construct an argument through filmmaking and narrative
  3. 3.    Conduct and film expert interviews, portray lived experience of disease, and design story structure as it pertains to global health
  4. 4.    Define and apply the basics of cinematography, editing, composition, and lighting
  5. 5.    Recognize ethical dynamics and considerations when working with individuals on public health issues