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 26 May, 2024

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


Applications should be submitted by registrating with following documents:
1. One-page CV
2. One reference letter

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 May 2024

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 600 words) in your application. Scholarship results will be announced by 31 May 2024.

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

Course director

Professor Joseph Wu
Professor Joseph Wu

Professor, School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong

Course co-director

Professor Leesa Lin
Professor Leesa Lin

Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

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