Boston University Celebrates Health Literacy Month and Health Communication Awareness
10/26/2009

Boston University’s online Master of Science in Health Communication program is proud to recognize and support Health Literacy Month.

Online PR News – 26-October-2009 – – BOSTON, Massachusetts - Boston University’s online Master of Science in Health Communication program is proud to recognize and support Health Literacy Month. Building better communication between health care professionals and patients is an important component of creating efficient patient care, and it’s an endeavor supported by Boston University’s online health communication program.

October 2009 marks the 11th year of Health Literacy Month, created in 1999 by Dr. Helen Osborne and a team of health literacy advocates as a time to promote the importance of understandable health information. This year, the theme of Health Literacy Month is “Why Health Literacy Matters: Sharing Our Stories in Words, Pictures, and Sound.” The website www.healthliteracymonth.org features a variety of stories, articles, podcasts, photo galleries, and songs dedicated to the cause.

As part of Health Literacy Month, ##--2--## encouraged its students and staff to get involved and contribute to the health literacy awareness efforts. Dr. Pauline C. Hamel, a professor in Boston University’s online Master of Science in Health Communication program contributed her essay “Plain and Simple: It’s about Respect and Dignity,” (http://www.healthliteracy.com/hlm_article.asp?PageID=9121) a story about her efforts and trials in spreading the important message of health literacy. In addition, a student in the online Master of Science in Health Communication program, Dr. William Rohde, represented Boston University with his essay entitled “Listen, Explain, Save Lives,” (http://www.healthliteracy.com/hlm_article.asp?PageID=9118) a story about saving a patient’s life through communication and understanding.

Health communication as a field evolved in response to the need to recognize the importance of increasing personal and public health literacy. Boston University’s online Master of Science in Health Communication addresses the growing need for health professionals to become leaders in the health literacy movement. Health professionals who can recognize patient needs and use easily understandable messaging and communication techniques are in demand in their community and across the world. For more information about Boston University’s online Master of Science in Health Communication, visit http://healthcommunication.bu.edu/

About Boston University
Established in 1869, Boston University is a world-renowned center for academic growth and excellence, and offers a rich history of diversity for prospective students. BU was recently ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 50 universities in the world, and is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, (NEASC) Inc.

The College of Communication at Boston University, in collaboration with Metropolitan College, brings together a broad range of industry professionals for the Master of Science in Health Communication online program.

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