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Public Health courses

HBEH 715/PUBH 715: Communication for Health-Related Decision Making (2 credits) (Spring) How do people make decisions about their health? What’s the best way to communicate the relevant information? In this survey course, our interdisciplinary team will provide the foundation and skills to understand and improve health-related decision making, primarily in medical contexts. (Golin/Sheridan)

HBEH 730: Theoretical Foundations (3 credits) (Fall) Prerequisites: FOR HBHE MAJORS. Selected social and behavioral science theories and concepts that apply to the analysis of health-related behavior and to the generation of intervention strategies. Three lecture hours per week, one seminar hour. (Ribisl)

Information Science courses

INLS 500: Human Information Interaction (3 credits) (Fall/Spring) The behavioral and cognitive activities of those who interact with information, with emphasis on the role of information mediators. How information needs are recognized and resolved; use and dissemination of information. (Wildemuth)

INLS 515: Consumer Health Information (3 credits) Examines concepts of health, health conditions, policy, and information collections and services from social and cultural perspectives. Analyze and design methods for provision and access to consumer health information services. (Gollop)

INLS 582: Systems Analysis (3 credits) Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object-oriented analysis) are studied. Undergraduates must have taken INLS 382 (Haas)

INLS 718: Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits) (Fall) Prerequisites: INLS 582 or permission of the instructor. Research and development in design and evaluation of user interfaces that support information seeking. Major topics: interactivity, needs assessment, query and browser interactions, interactive design and maintenance, usability testing. (Bergquist)

Journalism courses

MEJO 445 Process and Effects of Mass Communication (3 credits) (Spring 2013 ONLY). Mass communication as a social process, incorporating literature from journalism, social psychology, sociology, political science, and history. To acquaint students with factors in message construction, dissemination, and reception by audiences. (Southwell)

MEJO 705: Theories of Mass Communication (3 credits) (Fall) Students prepare analytical papers on theories of mass communication based upon extensive review of behavioral science literature. Required of PhD students and master’s students in the mass communication sequence. (Gibson)

MEJO 890: Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits) (Fall) Examines the many nuances of human-computer interaction (HCI) from a psychological and user-oriented perspective. The course adopts an empirical approach to understanding the several ways in which people respond to computers, and the cognitive, affective, and behavioral effects that are manifested in human-computer interactions. (Kalyanaraman)

Psychology courses

PSYC 566: Attitude Change (3 credits) (Fall or Spring) Prerequisites: PSYC 210 and 260, or permission of the instructor. A detailed consideration of the theoretical issues in attitude and belief change. (Green)

PSYC 864: Attitudes Seminar (3 credits) (Fall or Spring) This seminar is designed to be a consideration of classic and contemporary theories of attitudes and attitude change. (Green)

MEJO 890: Persuasion and Social Influence (3 credits) (Spring) This graduate-level seminar will examine the major social-scientific theories and concepts related to persuasion and social influence in a communication context.  Topics include attitudes, beliefs, and other antecedents to behavior; reasoning and automatic processing; source, message, context, and receiver characteristics; and special topics in health, political, and advocacy campaigns. (Comello)