Who We Are
We are learning designers, clinicians, and global health researchers based in Stanford, California and Cape Town, South Africa.
Digital Medic is a program within the Stanford Center for Health Education, a part of Stanford Medicine. We create and evaluate high-need health education for health workers and communities.
In 2016, a group of passionate educators at Stanford Medicine made a commitment to extend their expertise in education and research to communities around the world. They sought to apply their experience in creating compelling e-learning experiences to address some of the world’s most challenging health issues. This group formalized into Digital Medic at the Stanford Center for Health Education.
Since then, we have created more than 400 unique educational videos across 18 languages, published over a dozen peer-reviewed papers, and engaged 36 million learners in 180 countries.
“As I have had the opportunity to dedicate more time and energy in the health promotion space, it has become increasingly evident that improved health education will drive improved health outcomes.”
Guiding Principles: Our Vision, Mission, and Values
We envision a world where all communities have access to engaging, evidence-based, and actionable health information.
Our mission is to improve the health of global communities by advancing the field of health education, building capacity for the health workforce, and expanding information equity worldwide.
In every aspect of our work, we are guided by six core values:
Access to health and education are human rights: Quality health education is a critical lever in enabling people around the world to improve health outcomes for themselves and their communities. We work to expand access to health education for health workers and community members worldwide, particularly those in medically underserved areas.
Improving health outcomes is our ultimate goal: We strive to improve the health of communities globally, documenting outcomes through rigorous evaluation. We focus on high-need health issues that have the greatest impact on morbidity, mortality, and quality of life.
Evidence matters: Our learning design, content creation, and evaluation work is rooted in evidence-based science. As representatives of Stanford University and our global community, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of reliability, trustworthiness, and quality.
People come first: The diverse talents and perspectives of our global team and collaborators make our work possible. We approach our interactions with compassion, respect, and humility. We apply a people-centered approach to all of our activities in the pursuit of our mission.
Success comes from working together: We cannot accomplish our mission alone. We build lasting relationships with a diverse network of organizations to improve and sustain the quality of life for the communities we serve. We are proud to be a strategic collaborator supporting the health education needs determined by those living and working in low- and middle-income communities.
We are lifelong learners: We embrace a growth mindset in our operations and dedicate ourselves to ongoing improvement, experimentation, and flexibility. We recognize that we are one piece within larger systems and have much to learn from our global community.