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Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 2010;43(6): 472-478. doi: https://doi.org/10.3961/jpmph.2010.43.6.472
Global Networking of Cancer and NCD Professionals Using Internet Technologies: The Supercourse and mHealth Applications.
Faina Linkov, Nicolas Padilla, Eugene Shubnikov, Ronald LaPorte
1University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, USA. faina.linkov@gmail.com
2University of Guanajuato Celaya Campus, Mexico.
3Institute of Internal Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.
4University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, USA.
ABSTRACT
Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. Education is at the core of cancer prevention activities, especially programs targeting empowering existing public health workforce. In the past 10 years, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been building the Global Health Network Supercourse project, a library of over 4500 online lectures and a network of nearly 50000 public health professionals in 174 countries. As of November, 2010, the overall number of Supercourse participants from Asia exceeds 7000 participants. The Supercourse network has been investigating methods for Internet based recruitment of cancer prevention professionals in order to network cancer experts locally and globally, including the use of mHealth technologies for cancer research education and for NCD registries. Supercourse is a tool that can offer a solution to the challenges of information sharing, especially in the field of NCDs and cancer. In this paper, we highlight the need for the development of Cancer Supercourse with Satellite in Asia and encourage faculty members from Asia to join the network.
Key words: Cancer; Internet-based education; Prevention; eHealth; mHealth; Supercourse; Chronic disease
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