Surveys theory research and current issues in the field of health communication. Topics of discussion include communication between patients and providers cultural and rhetorical concepts of illness and health; media messages and health campaigns; and communication in health care organizations.
Course Credits: 3
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify the stakeholders in specific health care situations, along with their needs and values.
- Compare and contrast definitions of illness, health, and health care in various cultural models.
- Discuss ethical concerns in the practice of health communication, particularly with respect to power differences between communicators.
- Explain how the context of health communication affects interpersonal interaction among stakeholders.
- Determine appropriate research methods to use in basic and applied health communication studies.
- Evaluate a health promotion campaign for its rhetorical effectiveness and ethicality.
- Apply one or more theories of communication, sociology, psychology, or related discipline to an analysis of a current issue in health care.
- Describe how the structure and communication patterns of health care organizations affect care providers, patients, and other stakeholders.