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Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture
Director, Media+Health Lab

In partnership with the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, the asynchronous online course Digital Crisis Communications for Global Pandemics is offered in a noncredit format (25 contact hours), and is open to all.

Logo for the VCU Robertson School's Media + Health LabThe revenue generated from this course is dedicated to further COVID-19-related research by the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture's Media+Health Lab.


Pandemics, such as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, are a major challenge for society, the health sector and those who communicate with the public for health departments, hospitals, and health-related nonprofit organizations. This online course explores digital media strategies relating to global pandemics (with a focus on COVID-19) and develops digital content for nonprofit messaging and campaigns. The class further addresses the following issues:


Who should take this online course

The Digital Crisis Communications for Global Pandemics course is ideal for current students, as well as those working in health care, communications, higher education, or related professions. While the online course is asynchronous and recordings of lectures will be available, there are some optional live broadcast opportunities. The course also includes guest speakers, online discussions, and project-based activities; the instructor provides a detailed schedule of course activities upon registration. Students are issued access to the Learning Management System (LMS) to utilize for course materials, activities, and assignments.


There are no prerequisites for this course. The noncredit course is designed for those who wish to study a specialized topic in mass communications.


Those wishing to take this noncredit course (as pass/fail) for $195 register online through VCU Continuing and Professional Education. Noncredit students are not required to take an assessment upon course completion.

Discounts are available for VCU students, alumni, VCU and VCU Health employees, active-duty military, reservists, Guard members, veterans, and military spouses. Coupon code must be used/applied at the time of enrollment, cannot be combined with other discounts/coupons or waivers, and will not be retroactively applied.

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