Vaccine hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy

Join this course for introductory and advanced training in the principles of vaccine confidence. Learn how to effectively measure and monitor vaccine hesitancy using AI innovation, address emerging challenges of vaccine confidence in the digital era, and rebuild trust within communities.
  • 5 August — 9 August 2024

  • University of Hong Kong

  • HK$3,000 (Includes accommodation)

  • Apply by 4 June 2024

  • Fully booked

What you'll study

You’ll cover a wide number of key topics in this course, including:


Contextualising vaccine confidence challenges in the era of artificial intelligence:

  • Historical perspectives and determinants of vaccine hesitancy 
  • The role of social media and AI 
  • Risk perception and rumour psychology in the digital era


Global monitoring of vaccine confidence:

  • Measuring vaccine confidence through quantitative surveys 
  • Infectious disease modelling
  • Health economic evaluation of vaccine programmes


Communication strategies to build vaccine confidence:

  • Addressing issues of public confidence
  • The role of healthcare professionals in shaping vaccine confidence 
  • Strategic communication to foster trust in a digital world
  • Post-marketing safety and real-world effectiveness of vaccines 


Taking action:

  • Responding to and addressing crises of vaccine confidence
  • Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and future opportunities


Course fee


The course fee is HK$3,000 which covers the course materials, 5 nights of shared twin room accommodation (upgrades to single rooms at own cost are subject to approval and availability), transportation between hotel and course venue, a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and all breakfasts, lunches and tea breaks during the course. Payment should ONLY be made upon confirmation of acceptance to the course.


CME Accreditations in Hong Kong


CME credits have been applied for practicing doctors who are not taking CME programme for specialists in Hong Kong. One CME point for each hour of completed session is applicable for CME accreditations from Hong Kong Doctors Union, Department of Health, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and The Hong Kong Medical Association.

Who is the course for

The course is mainly designed for public health graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other early-stage scientists.

Scholarship application

A poster session will be held during the course. A number of scholarships are available for participants whose poster abstracts are accepted for presentation in the poster session. 


The course fee will be waived for all scholarship awardees. To apply, please submit an abstract (max 300 words) in your application. Scholarship results will be announced by 7 June 2024.



Kindly be informed that all participants, including those from Hong Kong, must stay in the designated residential accommodation for the entire duration of the Summer Course. This requirement aims to promote extensive interaction and engagement among all participants.

If you have any enquiries about the course, please contact Ryan Xu by email at .

Course directors

Joseph Wu
Joseph Wu

Professor, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong

Leesa Lin
Leesa Lin

Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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