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Using Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Improve Public Health

1st Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Introduction to Online Learning

The emergence of practical, everyday uses for artificial intelligence tools has captured the imagination of the public, for both good and bad. How, though, can artificial intelligence and generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, or even Microsoft Copilot be used to improve the practice of public health? Can they be used safely and ethically? In this introductory, hands-on course, we'll look at these questions through a variety of lenses, offering opportunities to build skills in using generative AI tools in your own public health work.
Introduces students to core concepts in the utilization of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Explores ethical, financial, and policy-based issues in the application of generative AI to public health. Contrasts accuracy and reach of generative AI with the potential for both misinformation and problem solving. Enables students to develop skills in utilizing generative AI tools for public health research and practice.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the utility and challenges that generative AI tools bring to the public health space.
  2. Identify sources of misinformation and bias in generative AI.
  3. Utilize generative AI tools to produce public health materials.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 90% Project(s)
  • 10% Participation