410.653.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 1 Credit(s)
W 5:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Debra Roter
    Stella Park
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify at least three different approaches to contemporary Health Communication research
    • Learn about health communication research programs, both domestic and international, that influence health behaviors and improve health
    • Be able to identify and critique important elements of Health Communication projects that affect success
  • Course Description

    This course introduces students to some of the many contemporary health communication issues that affect the health of the public. Topics covered include interpersonal communication within the health context; social networks and social change; the role of news media; social marketing and media advocacy.  

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on class participation.

    1.      Signed-in attendance to all classes (50%)

    2.      Critical response for two presentations on the online Discussion Forum (around 250 words each) (25%)   

    3.      Informal posting of at least three posts on the online Discussion Forum (around 125 words each) (25%) 

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Students are responsible for attending at least seven out of the eight classes (one class may be missed, but please notify the TA in advance).

  • Required Text(s)

    There is no required textbook. All readings will be available online on the CoursePlus website 

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at