Welcome to the web site for the Health and Risk Communication Center in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. We are a collection of over 20 faculty members who engage in communication-based education, outreach, and research related to risk reduction and health promotion. We engage trans-disciplinary communication research and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices, address environmental risk factors, and maintain food security.

The HRCC Center team includes experts in the areas of health and risk communication, mass media, new technology, interpersonal communication, family communication, and intercultural communication. Our team uses message production and evaluation, statistical methods, focus groups, and surveys to study topics related to environmental justice, international health, food safety, organ donation, HIV-AIDs prevention, and obesity and alcohol reduction. We are able to provide specialized knowledge and expertise in these content areas, and we also offer specialized services that can be applied to any health or risk issue.

Please explore our site and contact us if we can be of service to you.

Sandi W SmithSandi Smith, Director
Email: hrcc@msu.edu

Current Highlights

HRCC Meeting, Researchers from all five departments of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences came together on April 25th, 2014 for an HRCC sponsored meeting where they shared their latest research as well as coffee and cookies. Some of their work includes research on linguistic style matching, social support in health communication, the impact of verbal communication […]

Dearing invited to Rethinking HIV Prevention for Young African Women Meeting, Jim Dearing, Chair of the Department of Communication, has been invited to a meeting in Boston on July 1-2, 2014 to rethink HIV prevention for young African women.  The meeting is sponsored by the Gates Foundation, Harvard, and the University of Washington.  Dr. Dearing will focus on his expertise on the diffusion of innovations as […]

Erwin Bettinghaus Lecture, A Contingency Theory of Organizational Response to Paradox: A Study of Emergency Response Organizations, 3:30pm, 145 Communication Arts & Sciences. Presenter Marshall Scott Poole, University of Illinois. The lecture, which was open to the public, was scheduled for Friday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 145 of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. “Organizations […]

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