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Term: Winter I term
Credits: 1 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides techniques and guidelines to understand and handle the media during a crisis. Topics include: and overview of the media needs in a crisis, the essential elements of crisis communication plans, tips and techniques for spokespersons, common pitfalls to avoid, audience psychology, non verbal communication and techniques for communicating complex information to the lay audience. Students review videotapes of news coverage and participate as spokespersons in videotaped simulation exercises.

Learning Objective(s):
This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:
understand the challenges involved in communicating health information to the media and the techniques to improve their communications effectiveness
provide an understanding of the media perspective in the health communication process to improve the likelihood of success in communicating to the public via the media
improve the individual communication performance skills of each participant
provide functional guidelines for the preparation of a useful emergency communications plan

Methods of Assessment: class participation 75%, and a short paper 25%.
Location: Washington, DC
Class Times:
  • Wed 01/08/2014 - Wed 01/08/2014
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016