On MOOCs and MOOIs, Mental Health for the Public

Palo Alto University’s Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health) has a new article in press in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, published by the Association for Psychological Science.

The article, titled “Massive Open Online Interventions (MOOIs): A Novel Model for Delivering Behavioral Health Services Worldwide”, was inspired by the growing popularity of “MOOCs” (Massive Open Online Courses), which allow hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the world access to classes from top universities. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D. (founding director of i4Health), Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D. (associate director), Ken Chen (PAU student), and their coauthors, suggest that psychological interventions to prevent and ameliorate health and mental health conditions could also be made available online to anyone in the world at no charge to them. They present proof-of-concept data showing that a smoking cessation Internet site available in Spanish and English for 30 months attracted a total of 292,978 individuals from 168 countries, of whom all had access to a stop smoking guide, and 8,881 signed consent to participate in an online study to determine how many were able to quit smoking. The success rates for quitting smoking for those who provided the researchers with follow-up data ranged from 39.2 percent at one month to 50.3 percent at one year. 

See a story on the Huffington Post about the upcoming article.

See the story on the Association for Psychological Science website.

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