UK Department of Communication

The Department of Communication is one of the fastest growing units serving students on campus at the University of Kentucky.

Communication is one of four units in the College of Communication and Information.

We offer:

1) Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees for undergraduate Communication majors;
2) Communication minor and health communication certificate; and
3) We teach most of the graduate courses leading to a Master’s or Doctoral degree in Communication through the College Graduate Program in Communication.

On the research front, our Department is the most highly funded Communication program in the nation. New figures reveal that we have secured more than $35 million in extramural funding over the past 15 years. Almost all of this research is focused in health and risk communication  and investigates ways to increase the effectiveness of media or classroom-based prevention programming.

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.

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

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Communication, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | eHealth | Health Promotion

Interests: communication strategies to improve cancer prevention and detection behaviors

Dr. Cohen's work has appeared in Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Health Communication, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, New Media and Society, Qualitative Health Research, and Prometheus. She is also editor of Communication Yearbook.

Elizabeth A. Spencer

Doctoral student, College of Communication & Information, University of Kentucky

Teaching assistant and Instructor, Department of Communication, University of Kentucky

Hub Tags: Health Communication Hub | Health Care Delivery

Interests: Interpersonal and family communication, health communication, visual communication

Elizabeth Spencer's recent research includes investigating interpersonal communication issues and media messages in relation to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia patients, their caregivers, and care facilities. Ms. Spencer hopes to further explore health and interpersonal communication variables, media representations, and messages. Ms. Spencer currently teaches in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky.

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.


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.

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