Gary Kreps 2Gary 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.

Summary

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.

Information

GMU website    CHRC website
Latest April 2016 CV
Wikipedia page   LinkedIn page

Email: gkreps@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.1094
Office Hours:
Address:  Robinson Hall A 339AB
Fairfax, Va. 22030

Biosketch

Gary L. Kreps is a University Distinguished Professor of the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Communication Research, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Consumer-Provider Health Communication, Health Communication Campaigns, and E-Health Communication.

Education

Dr. Kreps received his BA and his MA in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his PhD from the University of Southern California.

Areas of expertise

Dr. 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.

Positions

He is the Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, serves on the Governing Board of the Center for Social Science Research, and is a faculty affiliate of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices, Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Consciouness and Transformation, and the Center for Health Information Technology, at George Mason.

Prior to his appointment at Mason, he served for five years as the founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NIH), where he planned, developed, and coordinated major new national research and outreach initiatives concerning risk communication, health promotion, behavior change, technology development, and information dissemination to promote effective cancer prevention, screening, control, care, and survivorship. He also served as the Founding Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University in New York, Executive Director of the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV, and in faculty and administrative roles at Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Indiana, and Purdue Universities.

His published work includes more than 350 books, articles, and monographs concerning the applications of communication knowledge in society.

For detailed information about Dr. Kreps’s career, research interests, and accomplishments, view his Curriculum Vitae.

Current Research

Working with:
National Minority AIDS Council to increase minority support for HIV vaccine research

Merck Pharmaceutical Inc to study ways to encourage patients with chronic deiseases to adhere to prescription medication instructions

Entertainment Industries Council to promote effective coverage of mental health issues in the media

National Recreation and Parks Association to evaluate the influences of revitalizing an inner-city DC park on minority youth physical activity and community public health policies

Fairfax County Health Literacy Initiative to enhance health information dissemination and support for vulnerable and at-risk populations in Northern Virginia.

Selected Publications

Kreps, G.L., Villagran, M.M., Zhao, X., McHorney, C., Ledford, C., Weathers, M., & Keefe, B.  (2011).  Developing and validating motivational message interventions for improving prescription drug adherence with consumers confronting chronic diseases.  In R. Batra, P. Anand Kellar, & V.J. Strecher.  (Eds.). Leveraging consumer psychology for effective health communications:  The obesity challenge (pp. 233-250).  Armonk, NY:  M.E. Sharpe.

Kreps, G.L., & Finney Rutten, L.  (2011).  Building the evidence base in cancer communication:  Next steps.  In L. Finney Rutten, B. Hesse, R. Moser, & G.L. Kreps, (Eds.), Building the evidence base in cancer communication (pp. 315-322).  Cresskill, NJ:  Hampton Press.

Kreps, G.L., & Neuhauser, L.  (2010).  New directions in ehealth communication:  Opportunities and challenges.  Patient Education and Counseling, 78, 329-336.

Kreps, G.L., & Maibach, E.W.  (2008).  Transdisciplinary science:  The nexus  between communication and  public health.  Journal of Communication, 58(4), 732-748.

Kreps, G.L., & Sivaram, R.  (2008).  The central role of strategic health communication in enhancing breast cancer outcomes across the continuum of care in limited-resource countries.  Cancer, 113(S8), 2331-2337.

Kreps, G.L.  (2008).  Strategic use of communication to market cancer prevention and control to  vulnerable populations.  Health Marketing Quarterly, 25(1/2), 204-216.

Kreps, G.L., Gustafson, D., Salovey, P., Perocchia, R.S., Wilbright, W., Bright, M.A., & Muha, C.  (2007).  The NCI Digital Divide Pilot Projects:  Implications for cancer education.  Journal of Cancer Education, 22 (Supplement 1), S56-S60.

Kreps, G.L.  (2006).  Communication and racial inequities in health care.  American Behavioral Scientist, 49(6), 760-774.

Courses

Fall 2016

COMM 620-001:
Health Communication
07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

COMM 600-001:
Intro to Graduate Studies
04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Previous Courses Taught

399- Health Communication
400- Research Methods in Communication
600- Introduction to Graduate Studies
620- Health Communication

635- Organizational Communication
720- Consumer-Provided Health Communication
721- E-Health Communication

798- Communication Research Projects
820- Health Communication Campaigns

Center for Health and Risk Communication

About

Health and risk communication are areas of great interest and expertise within the Department of Communication and there are growing research and education programs at Mason in this area. Health and risk communication are important interrelated areas of study and application. Health communication examines the communication processes central to the delivery of health care and promotion of health, including health care provider consumer interactions, informed health care decision making, the provision of social support, the development and implementation of health promotion campaigns, and the uses of media and information technologies within the health care system. Risk communication examines strategic communication of serious health and safety risks to relevant publics, government officials, and first-responders, including media management, risk prevention, preparation, and response to health and crisis situations.

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. The establishment of the CHRC parallels the development of innovative new health and risk communication graduate programs at both the Masters and Doctoral levels within the Department of Communication, as well as the development of a strong cadre of distinguished faculty scholars with expertise in health and risk communication. Department faculty have received increased national and international recognition for their scholarship and growing external support for health and risk communication research educational activities from a variety of federal agencies and private foundations.

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.

The CHRC helps to connect the Department of Communication with a number of relevant external constituencies outside the university, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI’s) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, the NCI Cancer Information Service, the CDC’s National Center for Health Marketing, the AHRQ’s John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health e-Technologies Program, the Coalition for Health Communication, and a number of other important federal agencies and private foundations). There CHRC will be a focal point for plans to establish an innovative new DC-area Research Consortium of Health Communication Programs with collaborations between GMU, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University.

Information

Dept. webpages: communication.gmu.edu/research-and-centers/center-for-health-and-risk-communication

Email: hlthcomm@gmu.edu
Phone numbers: Communication Office: 703-993-1090; Gary Kreps, PhD: 703-993-1094
Address: Center for Health & Risk Communication
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 3D6
Fairfax, VA 22030

D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC)

The 3rd Biennial D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC)
“Communication Competence and Health Promotion”
April 16-18, 2015, Hyatt at Fair Lakes Hotel & Conference Center, Fairfax, Virginia

The Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University announces the innovative 2015 D.C. Health Communication Conference, “Communication Competence and Health Promotion,” April 16–18, 2015 at the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The DCHC conference will examine how health communication research, education, technologies, and policies can promote health and well-being. We will feature competitive papers, posters, and panels focusing on cutting edge health communication research and applications. Topics will examine sensitive communication in the delivery of care, strategic communication campaigns, evolving health information technologies, interactive health interventions, powerful media representations of health issues, and relevant new health communication programs, policies, and practices.

Advisory Boards

Center for Technology and Behavioral Health

Website      Center Leadership

CTBH brings together a diverse interdisciplinary team with expertise in behavioral health science, treatment, technology, health economics, ethics, regulation, and public policy.
The CTBH team shares a common goal of seeking to harness existing and emerging technologies to effectively develop and deliver evidence-based interventions for substance use and co-occurring disorders. CTBH faculty is organized into two primary cores: Scientific Core and Dissemination & Implementation Core. Core activities focus on identifying and studying state-of-the-art issues related to each of these core topics as they relate to technology-delivered therapeutic tools targeting behavioral health.

The Society for Health Communication

Website    Center Leadership

The Society for Health Communication brings together health communication professionals, students, and scholars to create meaningful connections across disciplines and advance the science of health communication. The Society is a member-driven organization that relies heavily on digital media to connect individuals from the diverse areas of teaching, research, and practice. If you share our interests in networking, best practices, advocacy, and training, we hope you’ll become a member today. We’re changing the way health communication professionals collaborate, and we want you to be part of that movement.

U-MD Center for Health and Risk Communication

Website   Advisory Board

We are an academic research unit of the University of Maryland committed to advancing interdisciplinary research and theory in health and risk communication; providing communication-based education and training related to health promotion, risk reduction, and resilience; promoting collaboration and dialogue among government, academia, and industry; and improving health and risk communication to inform and empower communities and individuals.

Videos

Workshop on Building Communication Capacity to Counter Infectious Disease Threats

Health Communication post on Workshop organized by Forum on Global Health – Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Webcast video

Session I: Laying the Foundation for Effective Communication 9:10 am PART A – An overview of successful communication capacity – Learning from the social/behavioral/decision science field(s) – Evidence-based methods and evaluation of strategies

Moderated by: Doug Storey

Speakers: Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon University Angie Fagerlin, University of Utah Gary Kreps, George Mason University

Gary Kreps speaking at a workshop organized by the Forum on Global Health – Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine on December 13, 2016.

Gary Kreps speaking at a workshop organized by the Forum on Global Health – Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine on December 13, 2016.

Gary Kreps responding to question from moderator, Doug Storey

Gary Kreps responding to question from moderator, Doug Storey

How can we chart the future for digital health information systems?

Published on Dec 1, 2016 | FutureofHealthTech
Gary Kreps at 20th Future of Health Technology Summit at MIT

Are Chemicals killing us?

Published May 21, 2009 | STATSatGMU

Gary Kreps, Ph.D, Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason talks about the challenges facing journalism in translating scientific research for the public, National Press Club, May 21, 2009

Communications Week

April 12, 2014 | LiberalArtsIUPUI

Annenberg Research Seminar

Published Jan. 25, 2012 | USCAnnenberg

Please join students and faculty for a presentation by Gary Kreps (Ph.D. Communication ’79), University Distinguished Professor, chair of the Department of Communication and director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University. His topic: “Examining the Health Information Seeking Behaviors of Korean American Immigrants: Implications for Communication Interventions and Cancer Control.”

From Dr. Kreps: “Korean American immigrants suffer from serious cancer-related health disparities, resulting in significantly higher mortality rates than for members of the general population. This multi-methodological research program examines the communication issues that contribute to these health disparities. Data gathered are being used to design evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and community-based communication interventions to improve health outcomes. Implications will be drawn for development of a communication intervention model for reducing health disparities.”

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Jay M. Bernhardt

Dean, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin
Founding Director, Center for Health Communication
Walter Cronkite Regents Chair | Everett D. Collier Centennial Chair

Dr. Jay Bernhardt is the 6th Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and highest ranked colleges of communication in the country. He is recognized internationally as a visionary leader, respected scholar, and innovative scientist in the application of communication, marketing, media to public health, healthcare, and medicine. Dr. Bernhardt serves on numerous national boards and four editorial boards. He is a member of six honor societies and and has received numerous awards for his scholarship and leadership.

Summary

Dr. Jay Bernhardt is the 6th Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and highest ranked colleges of communication in the country. He is recognized internationally as a visionary leader, respected scholar, and innovative scientist in the application of communication, marketing, media to public health, healthcare, and medicine. Dr. Bernhardt serves on numerous national boards and four editorial boards. He is a member of six honor societies and and has received numerous awards for his scholarship and leadership.

Information

Webpage:    commstudies.utexas.edu/faculty/jay-m-bernhardt
Twitter:  @jaybernhardt
LinkedIn    Blog
Full CV

Email:  moody.dean@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-5646
Address: BMC 5.312
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Communication Studies
2504A Whitis Ave. (A1105)
Austin, TX 78712-0115

Biosketch

Dr. Jay Bernhardt (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999; M.P.H., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1994) is the 6th Dean of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and highest ranked colleges of communication in the country. Dr. Bernhardt also serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Health Communication and holds the Walter Cronkite Regents Chair and the DeWitt Carter Reddick Regents Chair in Communication. He is Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Before UT, Dr. Bernhardt served as Chair, Professor, and Center Director at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and previously served on the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Georgia in Athens.

From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Bernhardt led health communication and marketing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, managing a staff of more than 500 and a budget of more than $100 million. He is recognized internationally as a visionary leader, respected scholar, and innovative scientist in the application of communication, marketing, media to public health, healthcare, and medicine. Dr. Bernhardt serves on numerous national boards and four editorial boards. He is a member of six honor societies and and has received numerous awards for his scholarship and leadership.

Affiliations

Founding Director, Center for Health Communication, Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014-Present.

Adjunct Professor, Austin Regional Campus, The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health at Houston, September 2014-Present.

Selected Publications

Glowacki, E.M., Lazard, A.J., Wilcox, G.B., Mackert, M., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2016). Identifying the public’s concerns and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s reactions during a health crisis: An analysis of the CDC’s Zika live Twitter chat. American Journal of Infection Control. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.05.025

Livingood, W.C., Monticalvo, D., Bernhardt, J.N., Wells, K.T., Harris, T., Kee, K., Hayes, J., George, D., & Woodhouse, L.D. (2016). Engaging Adolescents Through Participatory and Qualitative Research Methods to Develop a Digital Communication Intervention to Reduce Adolescent Obesity, Health Education & Behavior. doi: 10.1177/1090198116677216

Mackert, M., Donovan, E., & Bernhardt J.M. (2016). Applied Grant Writing Training for Future Health Communication Researchers: The Health Communication Scholars Program. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1110686.

Lazard, A., Scheinfeld, E., Bernhardt, J.M., Wilcox, G., & Suran, M. (2015). Detecting themes of public concern: a text mining analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola live Twitter chat. American Journal of Infection Control. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.05.025.

Alber, J., Watson, A., Barnett, T., Mercado, R., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2015). Development of a coding instrument to assess the quality and content of anti-tobacco video games. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(7): 417-425. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0051.

Hall, A. K., Bernhardt, J. M., & Dodd, V. (2015). Older adults use of online and offline sources of health information and constructs of reliance and self-efficacy for medical decision making. Journal of Health Communication, 20(7), 751-758. DOI:10.1080/10810730.2015.1018603.

Hall, A.K., Cole-Lewis, H., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2015). Mobile text messaging for health: A systematic review of reviews. Annual Review of Public Health, 36, 1-29.23. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122855.

Bernhardt, J.M., Alber, J., & Gold, R.S. (2014). A primer on social media for professionals: digital dos and don’ts. Health Promotion Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1524839913517235.

Bernhardt, J.M., Mays, D., & Hall, A.K. (2012). Social marketing at the right place and right time with new media. Journal of Social Marketing, 2, 2, 130-137.

Hall, A.K., Stellefson, M., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2012) Healthy Aging 2.0: The potential of new media and technology. Preventing Chronic Disease, 9, 110241. DOI: 10.5888/pcd9.110241.

Bernhardt, J.M., Mays, D., & Kreuter, M. (2011). Dissemination 2.0: Closing the gap between knowledge and practice with new media and marketing. Journal of Health Communication, 16s1, 32-44.

Bernhardt, J.M., Usdan, S., Mays, D., Arriola, K.J., Martin, R.J., Cremeens, J., & Arriola, K.J. (2009). Alcohol assessment among college students using wireless mobile technology. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 771-775.

Bernhardt, J.M., Mays, D., Eroğlu, D., & Daniel, K.L. (2009) New communication channels: Changing the nature of customer engagement, Social Marketing Quarterly, 15, 7-15.

Kreuter, M.W., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2009). Reframing the dissemination challenge: A marketing and distribution perspective. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 2123-2127.

Lyon Daniel, K., Bernhardt, J.M., & Eroglu, D., (2009). Social marketing and health communication: From people to places, American Journal of Public Health, 99, 2120-2122.

Mays, D., Bernhardt, J.M. et al. (2009). Development and validation of the Retrospective Alcohol Context Scale, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35, 109-114.

Mays, D., Klaiman, T., Kumanyika, S., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2008). A call to action to address diversity in public health professional preparation, Journal of Diversity in Health and Social Care, 8, 207-214.

Hayden, J., Cottrell, R., & Bernhardt, J.M. (2008). Ascending the career ladder, with Dr. Jay Bernhardt. Health Promotion Practice, 9, 1, 12-15.

Bernhardt, J.M., Usdan, S., Mays, D., Arriola, K.J., Martin, R.J., Cremeens, J., McGill, T., & Weitzel, J.A. (2007). Alcohol assessment using wireless handheld computers: A pilot study. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 12, 3065-3070.

Weitzel, J.A., Bernhardt, J.M., Usdan, S., Mays, D., & Glanz, K. (2007). Using wireless handheld computers and tailored text messaging to reduce negative consequences of drinking alcohol. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68, 534-537.

Bernhardt, J.M. (2006). Improving health through Health Marketing. Preventing Chronic Disease, 3, 1-3.

Bernhardt, J.M., Usdan, S.L., & Burnett, A. (2005). Using handheld computers for daily alcohol assessment: Results from a pilot study. Journal of Substance Use, 10, 347-353.

Bernhardt, J.M. (2004). Communication at the core of effective public health. American Journal of Public Health, 94, 12, 2051-2053.

Bernhardt, J.M., & Felter, E.M. (2004). Online pediatric information seeking among mothers of young children: Results from a qualitative study using focus groups. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 6, e7.

Bernhardt, J.M., Lariscy, R.A., Parrott, R.L., Silk, K.J., & Felter, E.M. (2002). Perceived barriers to Internet-based health communication on human genetics. Journal of Health Communication, 7, 4, 325-340.

Bernhardt, J.M., Strecher, V.J., Bishop, K., Potts, P., Madison, E.M., & Thorp, J. (2001). Handheld computer-assisted self-interviews: User comfort level and preferences. American Journal of Health Behavior, 25, 6, 557-563.

Bernhardt, J.M., Sorenson, J.R., & Brown, J.D. (2001). When the perpetrator gets killed: Effects of a televised narrative anti-violence public service announcement. Health Education & Behavior, 28, 1, 81-94.

Bernhardt, J.M., & Hubley, J. (2001). Health education and the Internet: The start of a revolution. Health Education Research, 16, 6.

Bernhardt, J.M. (2000). Health education and the digital divide: Building bridges and filling chasms. Health Education Research, 15, 527-531.

Interview with Gary Kreps

Saturday April, 29, 2017

Fairfax Hyatt Regency, Fairfax, VA
Link to Award post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poa0WGSxvj0

Atkin Award Presentation

Saturday April, 29, 2017 at noon
Fairfax Hyatt Regency, Fairfax, VA

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Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky

Dr. Harringto  also holds an academic appointment in the School of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

Dr. Harrington’s research focuses on persuasive message design in the health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention/health promotion and interactive, tailored health communication using computer technology.

Specialties
Health communication, persuasive message design, tailored messaging, physician-patient communication

Summary

Dr. Harringto  also holds an academic appointment in the School of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

Dr. Harrington’s research focuses on persuasive message design in the health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention/health promotion and interactive, tailored health communication using computer technology.

Specialties
Health communication, persuasive message design, tailored messaging, physician-patient communication

 

Information

UK web page: comm.uky.edu/people/37/   Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website: http://comm.uky.edu/harrington

Email: Nancy.Harrington@uky.edu
Phone:  859-257-2295
Address: 249 Grehan
Lexington, KY 40506-0042

She also holds an academic appointment in the School of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Dr. Harrington’s research focuses on persuasive message design in the health behavior change context, particularly as it relates to risk behavior prevention/health promotion and interactive, tailored health communication using computer technology.

Biosketch

Nancy Grant Harrington received her PhD in 1992 from the University of Kentucky. She is the Douglas A. and Carole A. Boyd Professor of Communication and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky. She also holds an academic appointment in the School of Public Health and is a faculty associate of the Multidisciplinary Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

She has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, or principal evaluator on several NIH-funded and CDC-funded studies totaling nearly $8.5 million. She has published close to 60 journal articles or chapters in outlets such as Health Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Yearbook, and Health Education & Behavior. She is co-editor of eHealth Applications: Promising Strategies for Behavior Change (Routledge, 2012) and editor of Health Communication: Theory, Method, and Application (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Harrington serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Health Communication, Prevention Science, Science Communication, and Journal of Public Health Research She served as guest editor for special issues of Journal of Communication (“Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities,” 2013) and Health Communication (“Message Design in Health Communication Research,” 2015). She served as chair to the Health Communication division of the National Communication Association from 2004-2005. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasive message design, health communication, interpersonal communication, communication theory, and research methods.

Awards

NCA Health Communication Interest Group Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award. 2016; University of Cincinnati’s “50 Communication Alumni Champions” 2014

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Scott Ratzan

VP Global Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Research Interests:  Public health, mobile health communication, and health literacy

Scott Ratzan has made major contributions to improve public health. Pioneer in health literacy and mobile health communication. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Member: Board of Scientific Counsellors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Disease; RAND Health Advisory Board; Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health Advisory Board. Vice-Chair, health, Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Adjunct Professor, Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health. Appointments at Tufts Univ. School of Medicine and George Washington Univ. School of Public Health and Health Services.

Summary

Scott Ratzan has made major contributions to improve public health. Pioneer in health literacy and mobile health communication. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Member: Board of Scientific Counsellors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Disease; RAND Health Advisory Board; Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health Advisory Board. Vice-Chair, health, Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Adjunct Professor, Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health. Appointments at Tufts Univ. School of Medicine and George Washington Univ. School of Public Health and Health Services.

Information

Tufts web page:  medicine.tufts.edu/Education/
LinkedIn

Email:  sratzan2@its.jnj.com
Phone:  609.917.4281
Address:

 

Biosketch

Dr. Scott C. Ratzan is Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, he is charged with promoting communication, innovation and programs that focus on health literacy and public health policy. He is a pioneer in the areas of health literacy and mHealth communication, having co-authored the definition that serves as the basis for U.S. health literacy efforts.

Additionally, Dr. Ratzan is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.  He also serves as co-chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group and serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He is a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy, serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Well-Being and Mental Health, and is a former Ambassador for global health research selected by Research!America.

He advocates for better health in multiple ways. In 2011, he presented the industry’s “Framework for Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases” at the UN General Assembly interactive hearing.  In 2010, he was invited to testify before the US Congressional Committee on “Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Progress through Partnerships.”    And recently, he presented at the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Board on Global Health Diplomacy.

Dr. Ratzan joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 as Vice President, Government Affairs-Europe, based in Brussels with responsibility for Government Affairs and Policy issues related to pharmaceuticals in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region as well as in global health initiatives such as HIV.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he was Senior Technical Adviser in the Bureau of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID), where he developed the global health communication strategy for U.S. funded efforts in 65 countries.

Dr. Ratzan maintains faculty appointments at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.  Previously, he has been on faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and the College of Europe.

Dr. Ratzan has appeared on Good Morning America and Nightline as well as published articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times and in academic journals. His books include the Mad Cow Crisis: Health and the Public Good, Attaining Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities, and AIDS: Effective Health Communication for the 90s. He also has delivered many presentations including the Leiter lecture on Quality Health Communication for the National Library of Medicine and an address on risk communication for the National Cancer Institute that was selected in Vital Speeches of the Day.  Dr. Ratzan also has drafted “Maxims for Effective Communication on Health and Risk Issues” that was published as part of a World Health Organization Consultation in 1998.

Education

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
1988

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Field Of Study Government
1985 – 1987

Emerson College
Degree Name Master of Arts (M.A.) Field Of Study Communication
Dates attended or expected graduation 1985 – 1986

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