Visual Medical Communications

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Explore the 8 categories of visual medical & scientific communications
Discover the types of deliverables produced in each category
Learn which programs are typically used for each category
Review the common job titles of specialists within the 8 categories
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  • No previous experience needed; background in science or medicine helpful


Hello, welcome to the overview of visual medical communications course!

In this course I will talk about the different categories of visual medical communications. I describe eight different categories of visual medical communications, and there is definitely some overlap between the categories.

The categories described include

· medically related graphic design,

· slides and infographics, document design,

· data visualization,

· medical illustration,

· instructional design

· animated graphics and video

· 3d animation

For each category, I will talk about the programs used. I'll go through some examples, as well as some current job posts to look at the kind of qualifications that you need to have and I'll talk about some of the associations and other resources you can check out for more information.

Visual communication is useful in general to help clarify messages, but with scientific and medical information, it is especially valuable, because sometimes these topics are complex and the audience may not have a scientific background.

Another thing about visuals--most of us can agree that a picture is worth 1000 words--we can grasp the meaning of visual instantly. We use visuals a lot to tell stories; we can use shapes and lines to outline relationships and processes. We can use symbols and icons to simplify information, and we can use color to indicate importance and draw attention.

Different types of visual communications include infographics, process diagrams, flowcharts roadmaps, charts, graphs, visual reports, presentations, mind maps, illustrations, animations, and many more.

In this course I will go through each of these categories and you’ll will have a better awareness of this field. I hope you’ll join me!

Who this course is for:

  • People with a scientific or medical background who are interested in visual and graphic design


Medical Communications
Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD
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Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD, is a long time medical communications specialist. While working in a lab earning her PhD in molecular biology, she realized she would much rather communicate about science than "do" science. During her lengthy career she has helped thousands of people with a clinical or science background transition into a lucrative career they can do from the comfort of their own home.

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