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The guide was developed for students and faculty engaged in communication and health communication research.  It includes recommended resources and tips to help you succeed.  Use the tabs on the left to navigate to the this guide.

What is the Study of Communication

Communication research is dispersed among many disciplines.  The National Communication Association defines the study of communication as:

"The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication."

"Communication is a diverse discipline which includes inquiry by social scientists, humanists, and critical and cultural studies scholars. A body of scholarship and theory, about all forms of human communication, is presented and explained in textbooks, electronic publications, and academic journals. In the journals, researchers report the results of studies that are the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate."

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