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Identifying and Combating Health Misinformation

Online health misinformation is a widespread problem, with false or misleading information about both longstanding health concerns like cancer and emergent situations like the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the internet at a rapid pace. Sometimes questionable health information is obvious, but it can also be difficult to recognize and can potentially reach millions of people. This series brings expert speakers to discuss various aspects of online health misinformation, how to identify it, and how to help curb its spread.

Objectives: 

After listening to the guest speaker and participating in webinar chat and polls, participants will be able to :

  1. Identify aspects of misinformation and its effect on online health information
  2. Recognize the impact of misinformation on health literacy
  3. Describe and reflect on the effectiveness of methods used to curb the spread of health misinformation in online environments
Class Length: 
1 hour
Course Owner(s):
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Instructor(s):
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Sharon Han, Associate Fellow
Margie Sheppard, MLS, Technology Coordinator - Kansas
Liz Waltman, MLIS, Outreach, Education and Communications Coordinator
Continuing Education:

1 hour MLA CE credit 

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