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In this course, we aim to provide you with an insight into the basic concepts of public health in India and help you better report on these issues. It is a fact that journalists play a vital role in society; they alert and inform the general public. Therefore it is crucial for them not only to be talented writers but also have a strong knowledge of the field they are covering. This course highlights some of the core components of public health, such as immunization, breastfeeding, and malnutrition. It presents scientific knowledge in an easy to understand manner and links insights to practical journalistic challenges.

It is important to keep in mind, that this is not an in-depth public health course, but rather an online learning activity that will trigger your curiosity and broaden your understanding of the most discussed issues in this area.


  • Journalist and other professionals reporting on public health issues in India
  • Aspiring journalists
  • Individuals interested in this topic

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the main Public Health issues related to Immunization and Mother and Child Health.
  • Understand how vaccines work and why they are crucial for children’s life.
  • Identify myths and misinformation regarding vaccines, breastfeeding, and malnutrition.
  • Understand the consequences of “fake news” on public health
  • Analyze real-life journalistic scenarios


It should take you approximately 1h and 45 m to complete this course.  


Module I - Immunization 
Module II- Mother and child health 
Module III - Study case 
After completing all the modules you will be able to access the short course feedback form and then download your certificate of completion.  

Contact details

This programme is a joint initiative of UNICEF India and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. You can reach representatives from both using the details below.

Will Church, Program Manager, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Email: will.church@thomsonreuters.com

Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer (Media), Advocacy & Communication, UNICEF
Email: ssarkar@unicef.org

Technical support: agora@unicef.org