GERO 525 Health Literacy and Communication

(3 credits; 7 weeks, Fall 1st year)

Explores role of theory, research, and practice in health communication. Investigates provider-patient interaction, social support networks, medical ethics, mass media’s portrayals of disease, disability, death and health-related behaviors, and health promotion and disease prevention. Covers role of communication in health, including role communication plays in individuals’ social and cultural expectations and beliefs about health, how such information influences people to think about health and effect behavioral change, and how communication may be used to redefine and change public health policy. Explores interprofessional communication and the mentoring relationship. Includes readings, projects, and discussions.