Communication is central to public health practice. Research in health communication is, by necessity, a multidisciplinary undertaking, blending methods and theoretical approaches from the fields of communication, public health, education, psychology, and technology, among others. Our goal is to develop principles and best practices for reaching different audiences to share health-related information that will inform, motivate and empower.
Our health communication projects use both qualitative and quantitative methods, and we engage in research, interventions, and advocacy. Recent projects include: a school-based healthy eating campaign, a website for Latino caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, development of national guidelines for injury prevention among youth on farms, an examination of doctor patient conversations about risky sexual practices, and an analysis of internet health information seekers.