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Health in Society and Mass Media


This course will provide an introduction to media representations of health and health issues. Students will explore how cultural factors such as knowledge, attitude, behaviors, and social structure influence public perceptions and opinions of these topics. We will consider how depictions of health--what is healthy? What is not healthy?--affect the perceptions of those topics, the role of audience and source on communication, and the implications for those working to address health issues. Particular examples of social and media coverage will be used to provide an insight into the workings of the mass media and their effect on society, and demonstrate how the challenges of addressing health concerns are based on much more than just disseminating science information.

Credits: 3


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