The study of health communication addresses issues that include:

  • How healthcare providers communicate with their patients
  • How patients can be empowered in interactions with healthcare providers
  • How media message can affect understandings of risk, health, illness and disease
  • How everyday conversations influence health and risk behavior
  • How traditional and new media are used in health promotion and education

Health Communication Faculty:

  • Nichole Egbert, Ph.D., University of Georgia
    • Interests: Caregiving and social support, health literacy, religion and spirituality in health, relational communication
  • Catherine Goodall, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
    • Interests: Persuasion, message processing, health communication campaigns, processing and effects of health messages in news, advertising and entertainment media
  • Mei-Chen Lin, Ph.D,. University of Kansas
    • Interests: Communication and aging, elder abuse, quality of intergenerational relationships

Key Courses:

  • COMM 66501     HEALTH COMMUNICATION      3 Credit Hours
    (Slashed with COMM 86501) Investigation of the role of communication theory, research and practice in health beliefs and behavior, health care and health promotion.
     
  • COMM 66503     HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA EFFECTS      3 Credit Hours
    (Slashed with COMM 86503) Overview of theory and research on the processing and effects of health messages in the media.
     
  • COMM 66506     HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND NEW MEDIA      3 Credit Hours
    (Slashed with COMM 86506) Investigation of the implementation and effects of new media technologies and their implications for health communication.
     
  • COMM 66507     INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND HEALTH      3 Credit Hours
    (Slashed with COMM 86507) Investigation of the interpersonal communication processes that influence and/or are influenced by health and health contexts.
     
  • COMM 66508     HEALTH COMMUNICATION LITERACY      3 Credit Hours
    (Slashed with COMM 86508) Investigation of the concept and consequences of communication as it relates to health literacy, including social, cultural, educational and political forces that affect health literacy levels and strategies for creating accessible health communication.