When it comes to health policy, is social
media playing more of a role than ever… …before? How much influence does Facebook have on
your personal health choices? Can it affect how you lose weight? Your smoking habit? Or your desire to donate an organ? What or who do who do people consider as credible sources for health information? A doctor or a friend? The government or Google? Doctor Oz? Do anecdotes and movements lead to sound public health policy? Or can they lead to misguided ideas and
fundraising? Sometimes for the worse? In a time when some people get more medical advice… …from TV and the Internet than their
family doctors… …how do you know who or what to trust? This lecture will look at social
pressure and the types of evidence… …that influence our personal health
choices. We will examine how health policy is
made and how we can ensure better… …evidence and policy in the future.