SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Wikipedia-editing in health professional schools: an emerging global movement

Seminar | February 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Amin Azzam, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Dr Azzam will discuss his research on improving health-related information on Wikipedia. Beginning in 2013, he created the world’s first elective course for medical students to receive academic credit for improving health-related information on Wikipedia. Between 2013 – 2017, a total of 117 UCSF medical students completed the course before others schools began emulating his groundbreaking work. In 2017, a total of 117 medical students across 4 US medical schools made 3,150 edits to 73 English Wikipedia health-related pages, adding 128,200 words and 18 images to pages viewed 2,824,300 times. More broadly, by the start of 2018, Wikipedia-editing assignments were integrated into formal educational settings in 10 health professional schools, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, and public health, located in the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. By fall 2018, 713 health professional students across 20 courses had added 406,000 words and 45 images to 255 health-related Wikipedia pages. Those pages had been viewed 10.2 million times since students improved them.