Class Repertoire

Health Communication

This course examines the theory, research, and contemporary concerns in health communication. Topics include patient-provider interactions, culture and health, social support, media representations of health, health care organizations, health campaigns, technology, and health care policy.

       Patient-Provider Communication

This course explores the relationships between healthcare providers, patients, and their families. Example topics include patient-centered communication, effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills, shared decision-making, narrative medicine, and medical interviewing. 

Patient-centered Communication Skills

This course teaches students how to effectively communicate in patient-provider interactions. Through role-modeling, feedback, and case studies, students will learn and practice fundamental skills such as fostering relationships, exchanging information, making decisions, responding to emotions, managing uncertainty, and enabling patient self-management. 

Interpersonal Communication

This course discusses the theory, research, and contemporary concerns in interpersonal communication. Such topics encompass discussion of speech interaction in person-to-person settings; concepts of perception, attraction, self-disclosure, listening, and conflict management through communication; speech interaction patterns and relational stages in the development of interpersonal communication.

Group Communication

This course examines the theory, research, and contemporary concerns in group communication. Class topics include the definition, structure, characteristics, and functions of groups; group productivity; codes in verbal and nonverbal communication; problem solving, role-playing, decision-making; as well as effective leadership and organization.

Nonverbal Communication

This course discusses the theory, research, and contemporary concerns in nonverbal communication. Example class topics encompass eye contact; body language and movement; physical space and environment; touch; and vocal cues.

Public Speaking

This course explores the principles and practices of public speaking. Topics include training on informing, persuading, and motivating audiences; using body language, posture, and gestures to emphasize verbal communication; and visual presentation skills and tactics.