Health Communication Online Course

"Health communication encompasses the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health.”(1)

Health communication is a health discipline that facilitates the delivery of high quality healthcare by disseminating vital health information to the public. The mass media, particularly the internet, play a primary role in this regard. Moreover, health communications is concerned with fostering strong links between health professionals and patients. By enhancing health professional-patient communication, patients can make informed decisions regarding their health, and healthcare providers can ensure that their patients adhere to clinical recommendations and treatment regimens.(2) Effective communication guides the public, the news media, healthcare providers, and patients to respond appropriately to disease outbreaks. In this course, you will learn about:

  1. The challenges to effective health communication & potential improvements
  2. The role of culture in health communication
  3. The importance of interpersonal communication in healthcare delivery
  4. The role of community in disseminating health information
  5. The mass media as a health promotion tool
  6. The necessity of proper health informatics systems in efficient healthcare delivery
  7.  Risk communication in health education and promotion          

(1) "11 Health Communication." Healthy People 2010. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 15 Jun 2009 <http://www.healthypeople.gov/document/HTML/Volume1/11HealthCom.htm>.

(2) Ibid.

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