Dr. Julie Volkman

The Field of Health Communication, and What It Can Do for Your Career

You don’t have to be a physician to play a crucial human-centered role in the health care field which positively impacts lives. A lesser-known but increasingly important health-related discipline is Health Communication. What do health communication specialists hope to accomplish? In lesser developed parts of the world, health problems such as HIV/AIDS or infant mortality are massively compounded by such factors as low literacy rates, lack of public health funding, cultural taboos, and poor communication infrastructure, all health communication-oriented problems. Entire programs of health communication are created to directly address imposing health challenges like Zika, AIDS, opioid abuse, and other issues, both domestically and internationally.