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Health Communication


What is health communication?

Young female student in a classroom learning about health communicationHealth communication is the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. It links the fields of communication and health and is increasingly recognized as a necessary element of efforts to improve personal and public health.

Where do I start?

There are a number of tools and resources designed to help health professionals improve health communication, health literacy, and
e-Health—from National Health Observance toolkits to professional associations and Federal reports.

Use the tools and related resources in this section to learn more about research and best practices in the field of health communication.

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