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EPH 607 - Interdisciplinary Health Communications

This guide was developed for use in EPH 607 - Interdisciplinary Health Communications. It includes a number of databases and other resources that may help you with your assignments.
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EndNote & Health Communications

Terri Robar

Vera Spika

Cameron Riopelle

Kelsa Bartley

John Reynolds

Health Communications

Terri Robar

Vera Spika

Cameron Riopelle

Kelsa Bartley

John Reynolds

Communications Librarian

Terri Robar

Vera Spika

Cameron Riopelle

Kelsa Bartley

John Reynolds

Evidence Based Medicine
Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
  • is the conscientious, explicit, judicious and reasonable use of modern, best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. EBM integrates clinical experience and patient values with the best available research information. (David Sackett, 1997)

Evidence-Based Public Health 
  • is defined as the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of communities and populations in the domain of health protection, disease prevention, health maintenance and improvement (health promotion).  It is the process of systematically finding, appraising, and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for decisions in public health."  (M. Jenicek (1997)
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EndNote Information

Download PDFs of how to install and use EndNote X9 Citation Management software:
Health Communication Basics
Gateway to Health Gateway to Health Communication 
& Social Marketing Practice

The CDC’s Health Communication Basics Website can help you design and evaluate your campaigns and communication projects to achieve the maximum success.
Health Marketing Basics
Health marketing and communication is an emerging field that draws from traditional marketing theories and principles.

Marketing mix is a term used to describe the integration of four fundamental marketing elements. Remember the ‘four Ps’:
What is it?
What do we mean by health communication, social marketing, and health marketing?

Health communication and social marketing may have some differences, but they share a common goal:
creating social change by changing people’s attitudes, external structures, and/or modify or eliminate certain behaviors.

A person in social marketing or health communications will create and use products, program or interventions as means to the same end:
to promote health changes in individuals and communities, using strategies and tactics based on science and consumer research. 

You may also hear the term “Health Marketing.” In this context, health marketing is a blending of multiple disciplines: 
  • the theoretical underpinnings of social marketing with 
  • the outreach communication strategies found in health communications.
Health Communication
For more than a decade, CDC and the National Cancer Institute have defined health communication as:

“The study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual decisions that enhance health.”

Health Marketing 
“Creating, communicating, and delivering health information and interventions using customer-centered and science-based strategies to protect and promote the health of diverse populations” 
(CDC, 2005)

Social Marketing 
“Social marketing is the use of marketing principles to influence human behavior in order to improve health or benefit society.”
Social marketing is about:
  • Identifying the specific target audience segment(s), 
  • Describing the benefits offered
  • Creating interventions that will influence or support the desired behavior change.
How Do I Do It?
How To Create an Effective Health Campaign: CDCynergy Model

Planning an effective health communication or social marketing campaign takes careful thought and knowledge of the problem to be addressed. 

The CDCynergy model can help you analyze, develop, and implement an effective social marketing or health communication plan. 

Describe The Problem
It should clarify what the public health problem is, who is affected, and what you propose to do to address it. 

Perform Market Research
Market research is designed to enhance your understanding of the target audience’s:
  • Characteristics & attitudes 
  • Beliefs & values 
  • Behaviors & determinants 
  • Benefits and barriers to behavior change 
in order to create a strategy for social marketing programs.

Define Market Strategy
A market strategy is a plan of action for your entire social marketing program. 

Develop Interventions
Interventions are methods used to influence, facilitate or promote behavior change.

Evaluate Your Plan
Planning to evaluate the program as you develop your communication plan is important. 
You need to know both whether the program:
  • was implemented as you intended (process measures)
  • whether changes took place (outcome measures)
Implement Your Plan
Implementation is the point at which all your planning and preparation come together. 
How Do I Know It Works?
Program Evaluation

Effective program evaluation is a systematic way to improve and account for public health actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical, and accurate. 

Broad Areas for Evaluation:
  • Identify program elements to monitor
  • Select the key evaluation questions and engage stakeholders
  • Determine how the information will be gathered
  • Develop a data analysis-timetable and budget
For more information, go to the Evaluation page within CDCynergy
Examples of Campaigns
A look at what CDC and other health communication and social marketing professionals have done to reach their target audiences.
CDC Resources
Tools & Templates For Creating Health Campaigns 
There are tools and templates available from the CDC that make preparing a social marketing or health communication plan much easier for you.

 CDCynergy "Lite“: The tool takes you step-by-step through the process, giving you instructions on "What It Is" and "How It Is Done" with tools and templates for each step. 

CDC Tools & Templates 

Social Media at CDC

CDC Social Media Tools

National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media
Hosted by the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), and the Society for Health Communication in Atlanta, Georgia.

2019 NCHCMM Conference Schedule 

2018 NCHCMM Conference Program 

2017 NCHCMM Conference Session Videos 

2017 NCHCMM Conference Schedule

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