25 Most Social Media Friendly Schools of Public Health for 2012
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For colleges and universities trying to attract prospective students, social media is no longer optional. According to an article on Mashable, a recent survey revealed that about two-thirds of high school students check out colleges on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
So how do schools of public health stack up when it comes to social media? The staff at MPHprogramsList.com got down and dirty and compared 57 schools’ social media activity to bring you this list of the 25 most social media friendly schools of public health for 2012.
The scores take into account both the number of followers and the amount of activity on the three most popular sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as the number of followers on LinkedIn. Activity on Google Plus, Pinterest, and Flickr was also taken into account. The highest possible score for any site was 100 points, with up to 25 points for Facebook, 25 for Twitter, 25 for YouTube, 10 for LinkedIn, 5 for Google Plus, 5 for Pinterest, and 5 for Flickr. We rounded everything down to the nearest tenth of a point.
#1 Harvard School of Public Health
#2 University of Memphis School of Public Health
#3 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
#4) University at Albany SUNY School of Public Health
#5) University of Michigan School of Public Health
#6) East Tennessee State University College of Public Health
#7) UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
#8) Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
#9) UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
#10) Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington
#11) Yale School of Public Health
#12) Boston University School of Public Health
#13) Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
#14) Ohio State University College of Public Health
#15) University of Alberta School of Public Health
#16) University of Washington School of Public Health
#17) Loma Linda University School of Public Health
#18) University of Florida College of Public Health Professions
#19) University of Maryland School of Public Health
#20) Colorado School of Public Health
#21) University of Texas School of Public Health
#22) San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health
#23) University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
#24) Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health
#25) University of Georgia College of Public Health
Getting Social Media Right at Your School
For schools that want to step up their social media game, it’s important to have a strong presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Once you get your following established on those sites and get into the habit of posting regular updates, you can start adding some of the other sites.
Remember that real students are searching out your school’s social media accounts to get more information about the school. Have someone monitor the accounts regularly and interact with your followers. By engaging prospective students, you make them feel like they are already a part of your school. That feeling of belonging makes it more likely that your school will be their top choice when the time comes for them to decide.
This list will be updated again 2013 so crank up the activity!