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Health Communication (CMST 1014)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is a survey and analysis of practical applications related to health communication in interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational health care contexts. You will use communication perspectives to examine how health care professionals assist others in preventing, diagnosing, managing and treating illness. You will explore the communication demands of health care and identify communication strategies for health care consumers and providers.

Topical Outline:
1. Principles and theories in health communication
2. Apply interpersonal and intercultural communication strategies in health contexts
3. Communication and healthcare organizations, structures, and hierarchies
4. Health communication practices across cultures
5. Technology and mediated communication in health contexts
6. Identify ethical perspectives in health contexts

Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain health communication theories, perspectives, principles and concepts.
2. Understand health communication practices in diverse cultures and contexts.
3. Perform verbal, nonverbal, and mediated health communication behaviors that are appropriate and strategic within health contexts.
4. Articulate and evaluate ethical elements of health communication situations.
5. Identify how organizational systems function in health care contexts.

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 1: Communication
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity