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Ethical Issues of Social Media for Healthcare Providers is a Course

Ethical Issues of Social Media for Healthcare Providers

Time limit: 30 days
2.0 credits

$30 Enroll

Full course description

Target Audience: All health care professionals


Ethical decision making is prevalent in all we do.  Social media can be used to facilitate health care practices and marketing but also presents a “trap” if not careful.  Learn how social media practices can influence professional outcomes while learning strategies to prevent ethical dilemmas to maximize professional impact. The purpose of this program is to address the ethical implications of social media use for health professionals.


At the conclusion of this program, the participants will:

  1. Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages associated with social media use in health professions while differentiating between social media and social networking;
  2. Integrate contemporary policy, laws and standards in the application of social media use as a healthcare professional;
  3. Analyze potential ethical situations and cases to evaluate the potential intended and unintended consequences of each scenario; and,
  4. Create a professional development plan for ethical use of social media as a healthcare professional.


Dr. Peer  Kimberly Peer, EdD, AT, FNATA

Kimberly S. Peer, is a Full Professor in the School of Health Sciences – Athletic Training Department at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a Cognate in Health Care Management from the University of Akron and teaches in the areas of professional development, ethics for allied health care providers, education and supervision, and scientific writing. 

Kimberly serves on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Ethics Committee as well as the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics. Her national Contributions have included service to the BOC as Standards Committee Chair, NATA on Research and Education Foundation and Free Communications Committee, and JAT as Editorial Board Member. Her statewide service includes the Governor’s appointment to the Ohio licensure board and over 12 years leadership service to the OATA.

Kimberly received the NATA’s Fellow, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and Service Awards, GLATA Outstanding Educator Award and OATA Hall of Fame and Linda Weber Daniel Outstanding Mentor Awards. She has also been lauded with other national, regional, and state level awards for her contributions to the profession and athletic training education. Dr. Peer has published and presented extensively on the international and national levels about ethics education and pedagogy and has co-authored with Dr. Gretchen Schlabach the first textbook on ethics in athletic training.