Global Health Literacy Leadership Institute 2022 - Syllabus 2022


Registration is now open for the Global Health Literacy Leadership Institute 2022 . This virtual course of study is for professionals and students looking to improve health literacy for all people and societies. This year's program is updated and designed to accommodate participants in different time zones for a broader experience for all. Participants complete individual course work in week prior to 90-minute live session (via Zoom). See syllabus for details and live session dates and times. Cost per module is $85 US regular registration, $35 US for participants from 8 th AHLA International Conference or special rate countries .
Participants may attend the full program (four modules) or select models by topic of interest:

  • Module 1: Foundations for Health Literacy Study & Practice (11/3 –11/10)
  • Module 2: Advancing Health Literacy Through Teaching & Training (11/10 – 11/17)
  • Module 3: Health Literacy Research & Evaluation (12/1 – 12/8)
  • Module 4: Leadership & Emerging Health Literacy Interventions (12/8 – 12/15) 

Contact Program Coordinator with questions about registration. Contact Course Director with questions about the program.



This online course of study is for professionals and students looking to apply health literacy principles to transform public health and healthcare delivery across the globe. Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors who are highly regarded for their pioneering work advancing health literacy in medical education, non -formal adult education, and public health. Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute's educational approach. Throughout the program, participants work on a health literacy project of their choice resulting in a final product that is directly applicable , informed by research, and reflective of best practice. As an advanced professional development program,space is limited to 24 participants to allow for tailored and individualized course work with guidance and feedback from faculty. The content and format of this year's health literacy leadership institute is updated and adapted to accommodate participants from around the world and in different time zones to provide an expansive and diverse experience for all who attend. Continuing education credit available and all participants receive certificate of completion.


    - Gain foundational knowledge to apply health literacy interventions designed to achieve critical health literacy and improve public health and health outcomes
    - Outline a health literacy program for your community or organization based on best available health literacy research and practitioner informed strategies
    - Review the latest health literacy research and best practices for application in your own work and evaluation methods for program improvement.
    - Demonstrate a peer review process and how an interdisciplinary and multinational group of professionals and students can learn from each other to improve their practice
    - Build leadership skills and make lasting connections to colleagues applying health literacy strategies in different sectors, context, and countries around the world


Participants may attend the full workshop (all four modules) or select individual modules based on availability and interest. Each module contains 90 minutes of pre-work and a 90-minute live session via Zoom. Particpants complete pre-work prior to attending the live session. Pre-work materials are avaiable on the Tufts Canvas course management system and include reading, Web research, recorded micro -lectures, individual work, and discussion board. Live sessions include large group discussion, small group practice activities, guest speakers, peer presentations, and paired reflection. Participants attend one live session per module.

To accommodate different times zones and increase global access, the program offers two live sessions per module. All participants complete the same pre-work but choose to attend one of the two live sessions depending on their time zone preference. While live sessions are the same in design, the content of discussion will vary depending on the participants in attendance. Live sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants only.

To engage fully in the program, participants must have access to the Internet and a computer with audio and video capabilities . Please have a plan for how and where you will join live sessions. Choose a location that has good internet access and limited background noise.

Course Schedule


To register go the TouchNet, the Tufts online registration system. Space is limited to 24 participants per module. You may register for the full workshop (4 sessions) or for individual modules. Cost per module is $85 regular registration. Cost per module is $35 for special rate registration for 8th AHLA International Conference presenters and participants and those from special rate countries.

Tufts Credentials: Once registered, you will receive Tufts guest credentials to join the course on Canvas. For increased security, you must join live Zoom sessions through Canvas . Be sure to sign-in to Canvas as soon as you receive your Tufts guest credentials.

Cancellation policy:If the program is cancelled for any reason, registrants will receive a full refund. Registrants may withdraw and receive a partial refund (registration fee minus $25) two weeks prior to the event. No refunds for cancellation within two weeks of the event.

Contact: For questions about registration, contact Thalia Mercedes, Program Coordinator, For questions about course content, contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Course Director,

Course Director
- Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd, is an assistant professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine. Ms. Kurtz-Rossi designs training programs that are skills focused and tailored to meet the needs of all participants. As a health literacy practitioner, she draws on her work in the field to inform her teaching and training.

Invited Guest Faculty
 - Peter Chang, MD is adjunct assistant professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine, and President of the Asian Health Literacy Association. He is working to promote organizational health literacy collaboration and development.
- Clifford Coleman, MDis a practicing physician and faculty member at the Oregon Health & Science University where he integrates health literacy teaching into medical education. His clinical work focuses on underserved local communities.
Julie McKinney, MS is moderator to the Health Literacy Discussion List and a health literacy specialist for Exceptional Lives serving families and children with special needs. She is a teacher trainer with expertise in health literacy curriculum resources.
- Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, is a practicing physician and director of medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is editor of the journal HLRP: Health Literacy Research in Practice and founder of the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference
- Kristine Sorensen, PhDis founder of Global Health Literacy Academy, president of the International Health Literacy Association (IHLA). She is a thought leader advancing global health literacy policy and practice.

Content Outline
Session 1: Foundations for Health Literacy Study and Practice
Participants will review health literacy definition and frameworks and consider the strengths and limitations of available measures. We will look at evidence-based health literacy interventions and best practices and discuss how they are being adapted and applied in different context and countries to meet the needs of Diverse populations. Participants will articulate the health literacy needs of the populations they serve and their efforts to improve health outcomes. Participants at all stages of their health literacy research and practice are encouraged to attend to share their work and learn from other experts and peers. Upon completing this module, participants will be able to:
- Discuss health literacy definitions, frameworks and measures
- Consider health literacy interventions and how they are being applied in  different contexts
- Articulate health literacy goals and objectives and how you aim to achieve and  measure them
- Pose applied questions and receive feedback from health literacy experts and peers
Session 2: Advancing Health Literacy Through Teaching and Training
Participants will draw upon the adult learning theory to conceptualize audience specific teaching and training methods. Participants will identify their audience, core health literacy competencies appropriate for that audience, learning objectives, and teaching materials and methods to achieve those objectives. Upon completing this module, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the contributions of Freire and Knowles and the pedagogy of adult learning
- List 12 principles for effective teaching and learning
- Describe health literacy teaching techniques that meet diverse learning needs
- Access health literacy teaching and training resources
- Pose applied questions and receive feedback from health literacy experts and peers
Session 3: Research and Evaluation for Health Literacy Improvement
Participants will review available tools and approaches for assessing the effectiveness of health literacy interventions. Participants will create a plan that measures learning gains related to the delivery of their health literacy curriculum or program and gathers feedback from learners to use for program improvement. Upon completing this module, participants will be able to:
- Identify qualitative and quantitative methods to assess program effectiveness
- Consider the challenges of measuring and documenting outcomes
- Use a logic model for program planning
- Apply participant feedback to improve teaching and learning
- Pose applied questions and receive feedback from health literacy experts and peers
Session 4: Health Literacy Leadership and Emerging Interventions
In this final module, participants will take what they have learned over the course of the Institute and apply it. Over the duration of the Institute participants will have worked on a health literacy curriculum or program plan. Participants will present their work in order to receive and incorporate feedback from instructors and peers. Upon completing this module, participants will be able to:
- Describe emerging, theory-based health literacy programs
- Apply peer review assessment to improve teaching and training
- Identify revisions for improvement based on faculty and peer feedback
- Pose applied questions and receive feedback from health literacy experts and peers