March 1 - March 28, 2021. Health and Media Literacy-In today’s world, defining health and disease are described not only by ‘evidence’, science, and medicine but also by communication, cultures, backgrounds, religions, the media, etc. Health literacy offers us different ways of thinking in regard to how we, as health educators and communicators, engage with information about and for health as both users and providers of health information.
April 5 - May 2, 2021. Health Communication in the 21st Century-The course is designed to examine 21st-century health communication competencies and evaluate communication challenges in the healthcare system, offering strategies and tools to develop effective messaging and improve health communication delivery outcomes.
May 3 - May 30, 2021. Mediated Health Communications-The course is designed to look at communication campaigns design impact human behavior and are seen as an important method for health promotion (changing health behavior such as quitting smoking, wearing seat belts, etc). This course will examine the general principles of health communication campaigns and patterns of campaign effects.
June 1 - June 27, 2021. Developing Successful Health Communication Campaigns-The course considers the design, implementation, and evaluation of health communication campaigns. It focuses on the processes needed for the successful creation and assessment of public health campaigns. It will cover best practice strategies, as well as common mistakes, make in healthcare campaigns.
July 6 - August 1, 2021. Best Practices for Interpersonal Healthcare Communication-The course is designed to provide a survey of health communication research and theory within the context of interpersonal health communication. Topics may include patient and health provider communication, health-related communication in families and personal relationships communicating social support and caregiving for those with serious illnesses, cultural competency, and health disparities.
August 2 - August 29, 2021. Community Engagement in Health Communication-Tremendous changes in health care has included an intense focus on high-value patient care that demands communication between different health professions disciplines and encourages working closely with communities. The Health Profession and Community Engagement course will survey critical theories and models of healthcare and community engagement, including but not limited to the exploration of service-learning, planning and implementing community partnerships, positive youth development, theories of equity, citizenship, diversity, social justice, and ethical engagement to improve important healthcare outcomes.