Public Health Course in HSPH News

Image of Sue J. Goldie filming the course in the studio

In 2020, CHDS’ Faculty Director Sue J. Goldie redesigned a third iteration of her online orientation course, Foundations for Public Health, to prepare and support incoming Harvard Chan School students for remote learning.

Traditionally offered in-person, Goldie used innovative teaching techniques and multimedia to reimagine the course in an on-line environment. “This course is special to me not only because I’m committed to ensuring every student is equipped with the public health concepts and literacies to be successful in their graduate studies,” Goldie shared, “but also because the course is a laboratory for how we can design and integrate multimodal learning experiences into conventional curricula.”

The Harvard Chan School’s news highlights Goldie’s teaching methods that transcend physical spaces and bridge digital divides, sparking creativity and enthusiasm in students across a myriad of public health programs. Goldie’s mission has been to refine multimedia so that it would not only be pedagogically effective, but also create an open and inclusive learning environment.

The genesis for an orientation course began when then Dean Julio Frenk identified the need for a common public health foundation for all incoming graduate-level students and partnered with Goldie to conceptualize the core curriculum, develop the instructional materials, and ultimately co-teach it in 2015. Goldie further enhanced the course in subsequent years.

Learn more about multimedia innovation by visiting the CHDS Media Hub, CHDS’ experimental digital environment to explore, experiment, and prototype creative multimedia approaches for teaching, learning about, and communicating decision science.

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