Free Online Course on Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

Taipei Medical University is offering free online course on Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges. This course for anyone who is looking into the opportunities and challenges of using social media in healthcare, including as a mass communication tool during infectious disease epidemics.In The overall objective of this course is

In this five-week course, applicants will understand how social media is used in healthcare, to improve communication and information sharing, with this free online course. This course will start on May 1, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2 hours/week
Subject: Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges
Institution: Taipei Medical University and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on May 1, 2017

Providers’ Details

Taipei Medical University (TMU), 600 meters away from the world’s tallest green building – Taipei 101 building, has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for more than half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization, and outstanding medical service.

About This Course

Social media has emerged as a new channel for both seeking information, and for creating and exchanging user-generated content among peers.

But as the amount of information being uploaded to social networks such as Face book, Whatsapp or YouTube continues to grow; it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern reliable health information from misleading content.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what social media is in the context of healthcare.
  • Interpret what is good or bad through social media.
  • Reflect on the patient’s role in modern healthcare ecosystems.


The course is taught in English but we also offer Traditional Chinese subtitles on the videos.


Shabbir Syed-Abdul

Dr.Shabbir Syed-Abdul is an assistant professor of Health informatics at Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.

Elia Gabarron

She is a psychologist, a researcher at the Norwegian Center for eHealth Reseach, in Tromsø, Norway; and also a professor at the Open University of Catalonia, in Spain.

Luis Fernandez-Luque PhD

Luis Fernandez-Luque has been involved in eHealth and Medical Informatics research for over 10 years. He has many publications and is chairman of the IMIA Social Media WG. He works at

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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