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The School of Humor Science, a project of the Boston Congress of Public Health (BCPH) Academy invites you to register for its inaugural course: 

Communication in Public Health for Social Justice and Change

About the Course

This course provided here was recorded live before a class on 6/28. 

Implementing public health initiatives that improve social justice and health equity begins with effective communication. Yet what works in academic writing often doesn’t translate to real life. As a health professional, you often have just one second to connect with your audience, whether an elected official deciding to support potentially life-saving policy, or a patient contemplating their next cancer screening.

You can learn to effectively communicate your ideas with the right skills.

In this 2-hour session, communications instructor Matt Kazam will teach you how to leverage the science of humor, which draws from the disciplines of narrative medicine, storytelling, and empathetic engagement, to quickly and effectively create and tailor powerful messages for any audience. Participants will emerge with a roadmap that empowers them to maximize engagement, both in person and online – especially during times of stress!

Note: Registration is $89.00. Everyone who signs up for the course receives lifetime access to the recording and training collateral.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the science of humor and its importance in communications and public health messaging for social justice and change
  2. Describe how to best engage audiences in person and in real life using the science of humor
  3. Delineate three ways the science of humor can help users shape and reshape messages in diverse public health settings

About the Trainer, Matt Kazam

Matt Kazam is an expert in the science of humor with more than 30 years of experience. He has logged over 7000 performances as a professional corporate speaker and trainer, stand-up comedian, and Las Vegas headliner. 

Matt’s training approach draws on the tenets of population health, narrative medicine, and the science of humor to create evidence-based trainings designed to help public health professionals, providers, advocates, and others working in the health and wellness to build powerful communication skills. As he explains, “I teach my students how to win before they even reach the ‘stage.’ The science of humor provides a powerful template to translate challenging content into powerful messages that can be tailored to any audience and setting.”

Matt is best known to the Boston Congress of Public Health (BCPH) and HPHR Journal (formerly Harvard Public Health Review) audiences as The Humor Scientist. This seminal blog, released in 2021, provides audiences strategies, tools and insights into how to use humor with intention, in both the personal and professional arenas.

For More Information

For more information, visit BCPH.org or contact us directly at editorial@bcph.org.