GMU Department of Communication

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Communication minor and the Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication graduate program.

We also offer a PhD. in Communication with an emphasis in Health and Strategic Communication.

We are home to many active student organizations, including the nationally-recognized George Mason Forensics Team and the George Mason Debate Team.

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.

Camella J. Rising

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Communication Doctoral Student and Graduate Lecturer, George Mason University

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Family Communication

Interests: health, lifespan, and family communication in the context of prostate cancer, breast cancer, and other serious illness

Denise K. Scannell

Chief Strategist - Health Communication, MITRE

Serves as chief strategist for MITRE's Health Communication capability and leads oversight of MITRE's health communication project work and research initiatives.

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Health Care Delivery | Health Systems | eHealth | Health Risk Communication | Health Promotion | Organizational Communication | Family Communication | Patient Communication |Health Policy

Interests: Social Support | Health Safety |Health Privacy

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


The Center for Health and Risk Communication (CHRC) provides an important organizational framework for stimulating innovative health and risk communication research collaborations, health promotion intervention projects, and community interventions.

Active research collaborations have been established with leading health and safety scholars across George Mason University and many other national and international research centers. The Department has served as host for several distinguished international health and risk communication scholars who have engaged in collaborative research while at Mason.

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