COMM 0317 - Health Communication

Credits: 3

This interdisciplinary course will explore health communication theories and concepts. It includes topics such as medical interactions (patient-provider communication), health promotion campaigns, health literacy, and narrative medicine. The course also comprises civic or experiential learning initiatives where students collaborate with relevant community partners on various health or public health issues. Learning outcomes for students include the abilities to: examine relevant theories and models that shape health communication discourse; critically examine how social, political, and economic structures impact health; identify and understand the concepts of health literacy; examine the nature of medical communication; review the role of narrative medicine in health communication; and demonstrate proficiency in planning, implementing, and evaluating a health communication program.

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