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COMST 450B: Health Communication

Spring 2022

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Course Information

"Examines research, theories, and concepts relevant to health communication. Topics include studying the interpersonal, organizational, and mediated communication occurring in health care and public health settings, and understanding why effective communication contributes to positive health outcomes."

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Rafferty
Phone (Office): 515-294-9107
Weekly Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays Between 10:00-11:00am or by Appointment

Meeting URL for Virtual Office Hours (WebEx): 

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Finding Library Resources

Quick Search records include a brief description and location information for books, journals, and other items owned by the Library. NOTE: You will also find records in Quick Search for individual articles. We recommend you choose a relevant article index to search for journal articles, rather than using Quick Search.


  1. You may use Boolean operators AND, OR or NOT to link or exclude concepts. Note: AND, OR and NOT must be capitalized!
  2. If you are searching for books, use Tweak my results on the right of your search results page and choose Books under Format Type.  Alternatively, use Quick Search's Advanced Search and choose Books under the Material Type drop-down menu.   (Remember you will need to get the call number of your book to find it in the Library.)  
  3. To find ebooks, follow tip 2 above and then use Tweak my results to select Full Text Online under Availability. Use your ebook's Online access link to open and read the book!

Helpful Videos and Tutorials are available here.