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Diane Francis

Assistant Professor


Office: 274 Blazer Dining

Phone: 859-257-0044

Email: Diane.Francis [at] uky.edu

Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/francis

Specialties
Health Communication; Health Disparities

Bio
My research is centered on how health communication strategies—both traditional and digital—can best be harnessed to mitigate health disparities in diverse and underserved populations.

Curriculum Vitae


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Courses Taught

This course helps students explore, understand, and appreciate the patient-provider relationship through an examination and analysis of selected health communication case studies and related materials. It is also designed to improve communication skills with and among physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
This course focuses on the role of the mass media in contemporary public health campaigns. Most class sessions focus on the application of theory and research to the design of these campaigns. Earlier studies examining the role of the mass media in health campaigns indicated that the mass media played a small and rather insignificant role in changing health behaviors. However, more recent studies indicate that careful targeting combined with formative research often yield successful behavior change.