Mathematical Biology Seminar Abstract
Mar 31, 2014
Isaac Chun-Hai Fung
Georgia Southern University, Department of Epidemiology
12:00 pm in MSB 318

Social media and public health: a case study of Chinese Weibo data

The rapid growth of social media and their potential use in public health practice has generated a lot of interest among public health professionals. The first half of this presentation will provide a brief overview of the recent applications of social media data analysis in public health. The second half of this presentation will be a work-in-progress presentation of our group's recent analysis on Weibo data, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter. While social media may facilitate potential disease outbreak detection, I would suggest that they also allow public health professionals to better understand online public health communications, in both quantitative and qualitative manners.