Risk and Health Communication

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Risk and Health Communication

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After completion of this course, the student is able to
    • describe and explain scientific theories and research about predicting and changing risk and health behavior;
    • describe and explain scientific theories and research on the role of message factors and (social) media in the context of risk and health communication;
    • apply theoretical knowledge regarding risk and health communication to campaigns and interventions in practice (from different angles);
    • explain how campaign and intervention effects are measured in practice (and the associated pitfalls);
    • motivate, on the basis of scientific theories and research, which strategies can be used best in campaigns (using media and message factors).

    Risk and health communication is often used to inform people about health risks and to motivate them to adopt "healthy behavior". In order
    to develop effective health campaigns and interventions, you – as a communication scientist – need knowledge about the factors that predict risk and health behavior, how you can influence these factors through communication, and how you can overcome potential obstacles you can encounter while persuading your audience. In this course we therefore discuss theory and research about predicting and changing risk and health behavior. In addition, we discuss the role of (social) media and technology in this context, and how campaign and intervention effects can be measured in practice.

    Lectures, work group(s)

    Exam and/or assignment(s)

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