Health Communication

The health communication program at Purdue seeks to fulfill this growing need for trained health communicators by exposing students to the theory, research, and practice of health communication.




Issues of health have become increasingly critical and complex, generating the need for individuals who can communicate effectively about health. The health communication program at Purdue seeks to fulfill this growing need for trained health communicators by exposing students to the theory, research, and practice of health communication. Program graduates pursue academic as well as professional careers in health communication. 


Purdue Health Communication Offers You the Opportunity to:

  • Obtain a degree from one of the top-ranked communication programs in the nation**

  • Work with some of the most productive scholars in the field

  • Participate in stimulating and novel health communication courses that cover a wide variety of areas

  • Take additional courses in some of the nation’s leading health-related programs

  • Design a course plan that best suits your needs

  • Integrate theory and practice

  • Collaborate with faculty members and fellow graduate students on research projects

  • Participate in internships and practical opportunities in health care settings 

**Our school is currently ranked #2 in the country in health communication by ComVista 

**Our graduate program in health communication was rated among the top 10 programs in the country in the National Communication Association’s 2004 reputational survey of doctoral programs. 


Program Strengths and Faculty Interests

Provider-patient interactions; health-related disclosure and topic avoidance – Maria Venetis, Ph.D.
Health campaign message design;Healthcare marketing;program evaluation – Evan Perrault, Ph.D.
Health communication technologies; health behavior change models – Bart Collins, Ph.D.
Health campaigns; health advocacy; service learning – Marifran Mattson, Ph.D.
Narrative theory; novel writing; social justice; and diversity – Robin Clair, Ph.D.
Communication skills in human and animal medicine – Felicia Roberts, Ph.D.
Health communication and technology – Howard Sypher, Ph.D.
Emergency response systems; healthcare organizations – Natalie Lambert, Ph.D.


Selected Course Offerings

Introduction to Health Communication, Health Campaigns I & II, Mass Media & Health, Culture & Health, Risk Communication, Interpersonal Influences on Health, Organizational Health Communication, e-Health 


Supplemental Coursework

In addition to courses offered within the department, students are encouraged to supplement studies of health communication with courses offered in the Departments of Child Development and Family Studies, Health & Safety, Health Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.

 

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