Health Communications

10 Units

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence. In this course, students will obtain detailed knowledge of communications in the allied health care industry. Content will include interpersonal communications between mental and physical health care providers and patients/clients, communications between allied health care providers, and communications between health care professionals and the community. Students will be introduced to models and theories of health communications. However, the course will focus more on the application of health communication skills to real-world practices. Real-world situations include explaining complex and intrusive medical and psychological procedures, explaining risk of life-threatening illnesses, obtaining informed consent, patient adherence to medicine/treatment, and discussing treatment options with health professionals from other fields. Students will develop knowledge and skills to aid in more effective communications with patients/clients, working with allied health professionals, and working with the community on health issues.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
  1. Gain an understanding of theory and models in health-related communications
  2. Focus on communications between health providers and patients/clients
  3. Focus on communications between allied health providers
  4. Understand decision making models and practice
  5. Examine specific procedures in: informed consent, complex treatment, etc.
  6. Focus on cultural, generational, gender and other demographic characteristics
  7. Develop knowledge and skills in strategies to reduce conflict and stress and improve patient outcomes
  8. Develop effective case management skills

This course will provide background knowledge of health communications models, theories and practice. Students will learn to differentiate communication styles by situation and intended outcome. Emphasis will be placed on developing students’ skills in applying communication skills to a variety of challenging situations related to the allied health field.

Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge PSYC6000 and PSYC6050 or equivalent
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Forums
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
  • Examination: On-line -
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Written Report
  • Online Discussion -
  • Quiz - On-line -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Program Component: Prior successful completion of PSYC6000 and PSYC6050, or approval for enrolment by the Program Convenor.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6250

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