Medical Aid Films
Medical Aid Films uses film and innovative media to transform the health and wellbeing of women and children around the world. We bring together health experts with film makers to create engaging, accessible content - empowering health workers and communities with vital knowledge and skills about women's and child health.
Idea for research
Idea for research
Medical Aid Films produces public health films for use in under-served communities. This year we aim to update our Theory of Change around the use of film in public health in light of the increasing move towards digital communication and increasing use of the internet for health education. Recent experiences of social media health communication during the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the potential and the risks for public health communication. We would like to find a master's student with an interest in global health to undertake a literature review that explores the research question ‘what are the implications of current global social media trends for digital public health film communication in LMICs?’
Impact of idea
Conclusions from this literature review will underpin the revision of Medical Aid Films’ Theory of Change. The researcher would be expected to deliver a short report and presentation for staff and trustees, that will help to foster a greater understanding of key issues. Findings will also influence our strategy around digital productions and our film production processes. Ultimately this research will help to make Medical Aid Films more effective in this increasingly digital world.
Comments
Medical Aid Films is a friendly and supportive organisation. We really value the input of our student volunteers and we encourage them to audit different areas of work that might be useful for their career. We are always keen to learn from their research and ensure that their work has an impact on our productions and operations.

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Application process
Application criteria
We are looking for a masters' student, ideally with a health or social sciences background and an interest in global health, who has excellent research and written communication skills. They should be curious and analytical, enjoy synthesising and presenting evidence and find satisfaction in applying findings to real-life situations.
Is this project fully accessible to students with the disabilities?
Yes
Disabilities information
As this is a desk-based project, this would be accessible for any student currently undertaking a masters course. Our offices are also fully accessible but are currently not open due to COVID-19.