Granted By: Indiana University
Academic Unit: IU School of Liberal Arts
Degree(s): Doctor of Philosophy
Overview: According to health communication scholar Gary Kreps (2003) and as written in the Healthy People 2020 project commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "health communication is the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. It links the fields of communication and health and is increasingly recognized as a necessary element of efforts to improve personal and public health." Communication is at the core of a variety of health issues such as an individuals access to and use of health information, the dissemination of public health messages, attitudes toward risk, consumer education on health issues, patient-health professional relationships, and minimizing health disparities domestically and globally, just to name a few. The opportunities for health communication education and employment are exciting.