188995 Ten years of health communication education

Monday, October 27, 2008: 9:30 AM

Rebecca J. W. Cline, PhD , Communication and Behavioral Oncology Program, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
Vicki Freimuth, PhD , Department of Speech Communication and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Thomas W. Valente, PhD , Department of Preventive Medicine- Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA
During the last 10 years, health communication professionals have made substantial contributions to improving the public's health through accomplishments in theory development, research, practice, policy, health communication education, and public health communication capacity building. During this period, there has been a significant increase in the development of comprehensive graduate health communication programs or tracks in schools of public health and in communication departments. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine's report, "Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century," recommended adding communication as a competency to be addressed in public health graduate curricula, and a number of activities have occurred since to put this recommendation into effect. Health communication courses also have been added to undergraduate curricula in communication departments. Additionally, more postdoctoral opportunities in health communication are being offered. This presentation will highlight major accomplishments in the last ten years in public health communication education, and discuss opportunities and challenges for the next 10 years.

Learning Objectives:
1. List major accomplishments in undergraduate and graduate health communication in the last 10 years 2. Describe challenges and opportunities for health communication education in the future

Keywords: Health Communications, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a health communication faculty member for over 25 years, I have developed health communication curricula, taught many health communication courses, and reviewed the state of the art of health communication education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.