New Global Health and Social Media Fellowship

Professor David M. Cutler, Dr. Brittany Seymour and Rebekah Getman were recently awarded a 2014 President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences (PIFIE) grant to launch a new “Global Health & Social Media Fellowship” at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). The award will enable up to five students to explore the role of social media in global health. Selected students will work with faculty partners across the University in a mentored opportunity to think creatively about community-driven approaches to image messaging and conveying positive messages and evidence-based global health information in ways that accurately reflect the multidimensional aspects of global health practice.

Professor Cutler is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Seymour is the HGHI Inaugural Global Health Fellow and a member of the faculty of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine; and Ms. Getman is the HGHI Senior Program Manager for Education.

“This is an outstanding global health opportunity for Harvard students,” said Cutler, who noted especially how “social media has been recognized by the World Health Organization and other global health organizations as an important upcoming player in information dissemination for global health.”

Invited faculty and scholars interested in advancing this new field of research and inquiry will gather at the Institute on May 1, 2014, for an informal discussion on “New Knowledge Opportunities at the Interface of Social Media and Global Health,” co-sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Further information about this exciting new grant and related opportunities will be posted at the Institute’s website as they become available.

Photo: Rebekah Getman and Dr. Brittany Seymour; photo by Christen Reardon

Wednesday, April 23, 2014