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COM 471: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION

Description
This course examines theory and research relevant to health communication including interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication approaches. Topics include the role of communication in general models of health and illness, the relationship between patients and healthcare providers, social support, and health campaigns.

Learning Outcome
• analyze how messages from interpersonal and media sources affect health beliefs and behaviors
• evaluate the quality of communication in health and illness contexts
• apply this knowledge to become a more active participant in your own healthcare
• prepare an application for any number of the diverse career opportunities available to health communication professionals.