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Broad & Deep Expertise in Evidence-Based Health Communication

Health communication is the science and art of using communication to advance the health and well-being of people and populations. The vision of the Center for Health Communication is improved health for all through evidence-based health communication.

Areas of Focus


The center contributes to the evidence base for health communication through a range of research and scholarly activities. An ever-growing network of faculty affiliates are tackling tough research questions — spanning interpersonal, organizational and mass media communication and involving medical, social science and public health disciplines.

The center also manages the Communication for Health, Empathy and Resilience (CHER) grant program. Launched in 2017, the program aims to promote collaboration between Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School faculty in their evidence-based health communication scholarship, education and community involvement endeavors.


The center’s Doctoral Fellows and Health Communication Scholars Program train the next generation of health communication scholars. The Health Communication Leadership Institute is the center’s premier professional education event.


The center puts its research to work. It partners with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Texas Women, Infants and Children Program; Texas Health and Human Services Commission; and the University of Texas System to address real-world health communication challenges. Its interdisciplinary teams bring together researchers and practitioners from different fields around pressing health topics.

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A Collaborative Team

The center comprises 50-plus affiliates at the forefront of health communication research and practice.

A Creative Focus

The center brings a unique approach to the art and science of health communication.

A Practical Approach

Grounded in theory and evidence, composed with creativity, but always practical — that’s the Center for Health Communication.

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