Hot Topics in Public Health — A Symposium Series: Misinformation/Disinformation in Public Health: Enduring

The "Hot Topics in Public Health" symposium series is a forum to provide up-to-date information on breaking issues in public health.  The series adopts various formats for education, including panel discussions, scholarly presentations, and audience-based question and answer.  Hot topics are selected by a steering committee of public health professionals, population health researchers, and clinicians at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In this session, Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS, Professor of Population Health Sciences and Faculty Director of the Master of Public Health Program, discusses the role of misinformation and disinformation in the practice of medicine and public health, including their ramifications on human health. His expertise lies broadly in the study of infectious disease, including addressing public health misinformation.

Intended Audience

Healthcare and public health professionals including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and students.

Elements of Competence

This educational activity is designed to change learner competence and focuses on the following competency areas:

  • ACGME/Nursing: Medical knowledge, Interpersonal and communication skills, and Systems-based practice
  • NAM/Nursing: Provide patient/person-centered care and Population health
  • IPEC: Values/ethics for interprofessional practice and Interprofessional communication
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Address health disparities

Learning Objectives

As a result of this educational activity, members of the healthcare team will be able to:

  1. Implement best practices to communicate with individuals across divides of misinformation.
  2. Describe the social and cultural context of misinformation and disinformation.
  3. Explain the ramifications of misinformation and disinformation in public health.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 1.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
    • 1.00 Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, MS, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement, UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health

Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS, Professor of Health Sciences, Faculty Director of the MPH Program, UW-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health

Policy on Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) to identify, mitigate, and disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* held by the speakers/presenters, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence the content of this accredited continuing education (CE).  In addition, speakers, presenters, and authors must disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation.

For this accredited continuing education activity all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated and detailed disclosures are listed below.

NameRole(s)Financial Relationship Disclosure

Discussion of Unlabeled/Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices in Presentation?

Jonathan L. Temte, MD, PhD

PlannerNo relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. No

Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS

Faculty/SpeakerNo relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. No

Symposium Series Planning Committee Disclosure

*Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on, patients.

The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical services directly to patients to be ineligible companies.

Discloser List CME Internal Report

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hour.  

Continuing Education Units

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), authorizes this program for 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs) or 1 hour.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 1.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
    • 1.00 Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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