Graphic Medicine

2022 ~ Present | Shepherd Spinal Center

Goals

The goal of this course is to explore the intersections of health, storytelling, and visual communication. Collaborative projects might include comics, exhibitions, apps, and other creative projects meant to help make medical information more accessible and appealing to broad audiences. We will work with hospitals, clinics, and other medical professionals as partners.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Graphic medicine is a growing field that focuses on how visual communication can be used for public health purposes. Medical professionals and public health organizations have started using comics to communicate with stakeholders because the form's storytelling capabilities encourage empathy. Research has shown that patients and caregivers are more likely to pay attention to and understand information presented as a comic, rather than as an informational pamphlet. Additionally, visual storytelling and production offers opportunities to speak across language barriers, making graphic medicine a useful approach in multilingual contexts. On this team, we will create research-based comics and other projects meant to help medical information reach broader audiences. You might gain experience in:

-Analyzing published works of graphic medicine as models

-Practicing visual communication

-Researching medical conditions, treatments, and patient experiences

-Storytelling

-Conducting interviews

-Designing and executing usability studies

-Designing exhibitions

-Planning and marketing events

-Navigating the IRB approval process

Methods and Technologies

  • Writing
  • Illustration
  • Interviews
  • Content analysis
  • Media production
  • Visual communication
  • Design

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Analytics
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • IT Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Global Development
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • OMSCS synchronous
  • Neuroscience
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Any Discipline
  • Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Applied Physiology
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Building Construction
  • Building Construction and Facility Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chinese
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Media
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Economics
  • Economics and International Affairs
  • Film and Media Studies
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science and Technology
  • German
  • Global Economics and Modern Languages
  • Global Media and Cultures
  • Health Systems
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial Design
  • International Affairs
  • International Affairs and Modern Languages
  • International Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • International Logistics
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Pre-Law
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Physics
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Spanish
  • Computer Engineering
  • OMSCS asynchronous
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Computational Media
  • Urban Design
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Systems Engineering
  • Architectural Technology
  • OMSCS asynchronous, case-by-case
  • OMSCS synchronous, case-by-case
  • Pre-Approved by ISYE

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Interest in biological sciences and visual design a plus, though all students are welcome

Meeting Schedule & Location

Time 
9:30-10:20
Meeting Location 
Klaus 1440
Meeting Day 
Tuesday

Team Advisors

Dr. Leah Misemer
  • Vertically Integrated Projects

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Shepherd Spinal Center