The health and crisis communication emphasis area examines interpersonal communication, social interactions, mediated communication, organizational communication, and public communication related to health or crisis contexts. These processes are critical to public health, health promotion and education, well-being, resilience, and policy efforts. Health and crisis faculty often work as part of interdisciplinary teams to examine communicative activities that have important implications for individuals, children, families, organizations, schools, and communities.
Health and crisis communication faculty study health communication and messaging in settings such as families, organizations, schools, and communities. Crises examined include organizational and community crises as well as events such as natural and human-caused disasters.
Health and crisis communication graduate coursework provides of strong foundation of communication research training in interpersonal and family, mediated, and organizational contexts. Additional coursework addresses important health and crisis topics such as stigma, disasters, resilience, and more.