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, environmental and science communication, mass media, new technology, interpersonal communication, family communication, and intercultural communication. Our team uses message production, statistical methods, focus groups, and surveys to study topics related to a wide variety of topical areas ranging from obesity to water conservation. Our team is able to provide specialized knowledge and expertise on all aspects of the communication process and we 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

Switching between Work and Play with Digital Media, Bettinghaus Lecture, Switching between Work and Plat with Digital Media by Dr. Byron Reeves Stanford University Department of Communication Friday, October 23rd, 3:30 P.M., Room 145 Dr. Byron Reeves received a B.F.A. in graphic design from Southern Methodist University and his M.A. and a Ph.D. in communication from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Stanford in 1985, he taught at […]

Interpersonal and Political Communication in NIH-funded Mental Health Treatment Research, Presented by Dr. Jennifer E. Johnson, Ph.D. C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University   Dr. Jennifer Johnson is a member of the Center for Pris-oner Health and Human Rights and adjunct faculty at Brown Universi-ty’s […]

Smith Appointed to National Advisory Panel, An MSU faculty member from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences will serve as one of the first members of a new advisory panel for a nonprofit research funding institution focused on communication and dissemination research. Professor Sandi Smith joins 20 new panelists in advising the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on funding research […]

Professor Charles Salmon delivers Bettinghaus Lecture, 2015, This year’s Bettinghaus Lecture will be presented by former Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Charles Salmon, who is now a Professor and the current Chair of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. Salmon’s lecture, titled “Health Communication BCE: The Forgotten History,” will cover the […]

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