About this Hub

This Hub will crowdsource and curate the best knowledge about health communication research, education, and practice to enable global learning, collaboration, and innovation across all sectors and disciplines.

To build global visibility in the Health Communication field, Hub members can create their profiles, share posts about their research, educational or other resources, launch and archive livestreamed, interactive Aircasts - on topics of expertise.

Posts and profiles can be easily shared by their authors to any Hub in the onHealth Knowledge Network of Hubs and updated automatically wherever they are shared.

Health Communication Overview

Health communication is the study and practice of communicating promotional health information, such as in public health campaigns, health education, and between doctor and patient.

The purpose of disseminating health information is to influence personal health choices by improving health literacy.

Because effective health communication must be tailored for the audience and the situation, research into health communication seeks to refine communication strategies to inform people about ways to enhance health or to avoid specific health risks.[3] Academically, health communication is a discipline within communication studies.

  • Gary Kreps interviews Jay Bernhardt

    Gary Kreps interviews Charles Atkin Translational Research Award Winner Jay Bernhardt at the DCHC 2017 conference.

    The conference theme was “Patient-centered Health Communication”.

    Saturday April, 29, 2017 | 11:45
    onAir Studio | 11:45 am | 7:28 elapsed time
    Fairfax Hyatt Regency, Fairfax, VA

  • Gary Kreps Wrap Up – 9/27/17

    DCHC 2017 Day 1

    Alicia Mason interviews Gary Kreps about Day 1 of the DCHC 2017 Conference

    Thursday April, 28, 2017 | 6:15 pm
    onAir Studio | 9:22 elapsed time
    Fairfax Hyatt Regency, Fairfax, VA

  • Insomnia Hub

    The Insomnia Hub is curated by health change agents (educators, clinicians, researchers, & students) who interprofessionally share their knowledge — ‘what’s proven to work & where to find it’ — to LEAD.

    Leverage social media to
    Engage and share knowledge interprofessionally to
    Accelerate population health &
    Disseminate ‘what works’ for health & well-being.

  • National Summit for Health Communication

    This event is for members only, making it a great time to join the movement if you’re not currently a member.

    Registration for this event has closed.

    The meeting’s format will be collaborative discussions among members.

    Date and Location

    When: Monday May 15th, 2017    9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Where: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA

    Cost: $25

  • KCHC 2018 – April 12-14, 2018

    The 15th biennial Kentucky Conference on Health Communication will consist of 2 1/2 days of competitive paper and panel presentations, a competitive poster session, and invited speaker presentations.

    Website:  comm.uky.edu/kchc

    Thursday, April 12, will be devoted to a preconference on Interventions to Improve Patient Involvement across the Cancer Control Continuum.

    Friday, April 13, will feature competitive paper, poster, and panel sessions covering not only issues related to the conference theme but also issues pertinent to health communication research and practice broadly defined. The conference reception Friday evening offers participants an opportunity to relax after a full day of sessions.

    Saturday, April 14 will feature additional competitive paper, poster, and panel sessions and a luncheon presentation by the winner of the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Scholar in Health Communication Award.

  • Society for Health Communication

    The Society for Health Communication is a member-driven organization bringing together health communication professionals, students, and scholars from all of our diverse areas of teaching, research and practice.

    By uniting our members, we’re building a unified voice to shape and advance our field. We are an international organization, based in the USA, serving members from all countries.

    Our steering committee is comprised of many of today’s leading health communication practitioners, researchers, and thought leaders.

  • Mason Health Communication PhD

    The 60-credit (post M.A.) doctoral program in communication focuses on health and strategic communication. It prepares students for increasingly complex public and private communication environments.

    Students receive a strong theoretical and multi-methodological foundation which enables them to examine the critical role communication performs in health promotion, disease prevention, quality of care, risk assessment, and crisis management

  • Gary Kreps

    University Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication, George Mason University
    Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication

    Gary Kreps’ areas of expertise include health communication and promotion, information dissemination, organizational communication, information technology, multicultural relations, risk/crisis management, health informatics, and applied research methods.

    Dr. Kreps is an advisor to numerous health communications-related organizations including the Open Network Alliance onHealth Hubs.

Featured Student

  • Jeanine Guidry

    Affiliate graduate researcher, Center for Media+Health, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Ph.D. student, Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Health Care Delivery | eHealth | Health Promotion


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