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Recent evidence has suggested that empathy and critical thinking can be thoroughly measured using the right tools. The present study aims to investigate the role of online global health education in increasing sensitivity towards immigration and immigration policies. In order to design a tool to assess sensitivity, critical thinking, and other learning outcomes, literature was gathered from past examinations and used to develop a brief tool to measure the outcomes in question. Empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of another person and is primarily an emotional process. This project involved the design and conduct pilot research for SIMA Classroom to measure attitudes, sensitivity, critical thinking, and other learning outcomes. The data obtained from the created survey were analyzed and quantitatively. It is hypothesized that the data will reveal that exposure to specific events, seen in a documentary film, can significantly alter sensitivity towards immigration and immigration policies in the United States. The results gathered will validate the use of the survey questions and methods for other potential public health issues encountered in both online education and real-life situations.