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

Health Communication; Health Disparities

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

Considers various theoretical perspectives which lead to a more thorough understanding of communication processes. Begins with discussion of the development of theory and inquiry. Includes perspectives of systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive and critical theories.
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.