Classroom in the Community
Health Disparity Courses
Why are some people healthy and others not? How can health communication make a difference? The courses offered from the CONCHUS lab are designed to demonstrate how the field of health communication can contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Students will be introduced to foundational concepts related to health disparities in order to confidently contribute to a health communication intervention.
COMM4625: Communication & Health Disparities
Students in this course will be introduced to foundational concepts related to health disparities in order to confidently contribute to a health communication intervention in a community setting in Georgia.
COMM8550: Special Topics: Communication & Health Disparities
This course is an opportunity for students at various levels of exposure to health disparities to: 1) gain basic knowledge about health disparities and the role of communication in addressing health disparities 2) increase existing knowledge and skills in message design and intervention planning by learning specific theory and methods that are appropriate for health disparity populations 3) become prepared to implement their own proposals in community settings using culturally-appropriate message design to inform health communication interventions.
COMM 4625 (HPRB)/6630S (HPRB):: Community-based Health Communication (not open currently)
This course emphasizes service-based/experiential learning by working with governmental or nongovernmental organizations targeting these real-world issues. Students will be involved in the planning and implementation of the project(s) and may spend time outside of the classroom. Students will be engaged in the service-learning component for approximately 25-50% of overall instructional time.
Undergraduate and graduate student research assistants are considered to join our team on a rolling basis to help with administrative tasks, data collection, coding and transcription, and analysis of data. Students will work closely with other students and professors on research, and to submit to and present at national and regional conferences and publications (depending on their intellectual contribution). Commitment for multiple semesters is encouraged, but not required. Graduate students from other departments such as Public Health, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Journalism (among others) are welcomed to express interest. You may email the lab director, Dr. Soroya Julian McFarlane email@example.com if interested.