Section 12 Videos and Web Resources

Videos and web resources for Section 12, Health Communication.



Scenarios from Africa

This organization, featured in the text, develops short films about HIV/AIDS. The films, along with information on how they are made, are available on their website. More information on this program is in the Conceptual Tools for this section (see box “Global Dialogues”).


Dumb Ways to Die

This video promoting safety on Australian trains was a global sensation, with over 150 million views on YouTube. Students can discuss how this video may be different than what they think of as a public health campaign, and consider the characteristics of this video that made it so popular.


Steps for the Future

This website features a series of short films around issues of human rights and social justice in southern Africa.




Hesperian Foundation

This website includes free downloads of a wealth of educational books, including the classic Where There Is No Doctor, in a variety of languages. This organization is also featured in this section’s Conceptual Tools (see box “Hesperian Health Guides”).




In the Shadow of Ebola – Independent Lens

This compelling documentary explores issues of infrastructure and communication during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. (23 min)


Body Team 12

This Oscar-nominated short film follows a team tasked with taking the bodies of Ebola victims in Liberia away from their families. This moving documentary would pair well with the readings in this section. (13 min)




Vaccines – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Comedian John Oliver delivers a funny, raunchy, flame-throwing and scientifically accurate discussion of the controversy over the connection between vaccines and autism in the United States. The piece is an entertaining primer on why the public health community strongly supports vaccination. (27 min)


Vaccines: Calling the Shots – NOVA

This NOVA episode clearly explains the science behind how vaccines work. It includes discussion of vaccine fears in the United States, including interviews with public health experts on vaccine refusals. (53 min)

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