Special Issue "Social Media and Public Health"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Assessments".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tingshao Zhu
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Interests: data mining; behavior analysis; computational cyber psychology; database

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Social media has altered the way in which people use and perceive the world, providing an ideal platform for people exchanging information regarding both personal and public health, especially by making it easier for large populations to rapidly exchange information effectively.

Social media can help us understand how people react to health crises, disseminate health information, and promote information sharing to encourage behavioral changes during health crises. Meanwhile, social media can also be problematic in spreading rumors during health crises, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to manage misinformation during health crises. Thus, it is crucial that public health agencies and organizations know how to provide useful information and timely feedback using social media.

This Special Issue of Healthcare seeks commentaries, original research, short reports, and reviews on social media and public health, especially relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Special Issue aims to provide an interdisciplinary view on social media and public health, and it is envisioned that public health agencies and organizations will use this Special Issue as a resource for making healthcare policies more effective.

Prof. Dr. Tingshao Zhu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • social media
  • public health
  • COVID-19/pandemic/epidemic
  • preventive information delivery
  • preventive behaviors
  • stigma
  • big data analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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