Associate Professor, Human Communication and Communication and Conflict, Nicholson School of Communication, University of Central Florida

Rufus Barfield is an associate professor of human communication at NSC. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Bowie University and a doctoral degree in organizational communication from Howard University. He has taught courses on business communication, conflict management and group dynamics. Barfield’s research interests are focused on health communication, and he is a past recipient of the Bayer Health Care Communication Grant.

Research Interests: Health communication and organizational communication


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Phone:  407-823-6457
Address: NSC 229
University of Central Florida
12405 Aquarius Agora Dr.
Orlando, FL 32816-1344



Dr. Barfield has worked with the the Florida Department of Health help to show how all community-based organizations are not the same. In addition, Rufus worked  the Closing the Gap project and showed how rural communities in the state of Florida had high numbers of undocumented workers that required medical services but because of their status presented a challenge in meeting healthcare needs.




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