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Health Communication


  • Explain why the manner in which health professionals communicate is just as important as what they are communicating 

  • Identify the various audiences of health communication

  • Understand the importance of effective communication between the different disciplines and professional sectors of health

  • Identify methods to improve communication and collaboration among health disciplines

  • Compare and contrast successes vs failures in health communication 

  • Discover several new techniques in communication 

  • Discuss how to tailor health information to audiences

  • Describe how countries or communities  outside your own have approached health communication 

  • Address target audiences for health literature

  • Develop communique for audiences listed above

Landmark Papers

These papers are academic studies used to introduce the topic of health communication, the significance of communication and health health, and what efforts have been made to mitigate the effects of poor health communications

Theory Burst by Nusheen Ameenuddin MD

Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic and Chair of the Council on Communications and Media for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed a fellowship in minority health policy at Harvard Medical School in addition to an MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her medical degree and an MPH at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is passionate about child advocacy, addressing health disparities and public health and policy, especially as it relates to immunizations and immigrant health. Dr. Ameenuddin is an active “tweetiatrician” who leverages twitter to raise awareness on the sociopolitical context of healthcare

Theory Burst by Ahsan Zafar MD

Dr Muhammad Ahsan (said as 'essen') Zafar is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at University of Cincinnati. After completing his medical school from Aga Khan University in Pakistan he came to University of Cincinnati for his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulm Critical care. He then completed a Master's in clinical and translational research and 2-year Quality scholars' program for improving Health Systems from the James Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. Zafar's research and academic interests include exploring mechanisms of dyspnea in chronic lung diseases, COPD care and quality improvement capacity building. He is also involved in the regional response to COVID pandemic management and control in Southwest Ohio. In 2020, Dr Zafar started an initiative for public health education and empowerment called Dr. SMART Team. Using social media and YouTube platform, Dr Smart Team creates and disseminates engaging, evidence-based, peer-reviewed content that is also translated in other languages for global reach.

Interactive Cases

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