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Health Communication (MA & PhD)

Schaffer, Young, & ThompsonThe Health Communication area at the University of Memphis provides graduate students an interdisciplinary experience in the theoretical and research practices in the study of health communication. Focusing on qualitative approaches to health communication, our faculty and students bridge social scientific, rhetorical, and critical/cultural research perspectives and methodologies. Faculty research includes patient-provider communication, health professional education, palliative care, end-of-life communication, health information technology, science communication, and public health communication. Our existing partnerships with the University of Memphis School of Public Health, as well research projects with the Health Sciences programs at the University of Tennessee, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, and West Clinic, provides students the ability to conduct research in multiple academic and real world settings. The U of M Health Communication program offers a unique experience that prepares students for both academic and non-academic careers in health and health-related government agencies and industries.

Area Faculty:

Patrick Dillon, PhD, Assistant Professor

Joy Goldsmith, PhD, Assistant Professor

Craig Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor

Amanda Young, PhD, Associate Professor


David Appleby, MFA, Professor

Craig Leake, MA, Associate Professor

Marina Levina, PhD, Assistant Professor

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