Health Research

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Our researchers examine communication processes and effects at different scales to design interventions that can help constitute healthy societies and achieve health equity. 

We seek to improve the health of our communities, including those that are underserved, resource-restricted, by developing methods for communicating medical and scientific information promptly, truthfully and effectively.

Health research in action

Using narratives to convey health information

Sheila Murphy created a study to test ways to motivate women to get screening for cervical cancer.

Professor Lindsay Young’s research helps communities in need

Lindsay Young studies the effectiveness of HIV-prevention engagement in online communities of color.

They were homeless, now they’re dead

Researchers and reporters at USC Annenberg’s Crosstown explore the link between healthcare and homelessness.

Associated centers

Center for Health Journalism

The Center for Health Journalism partners with newsrooms across America and helps journalists and community storytellers innovate, investigate and illuminate health challenges in their communities, serving as a catalyst for change.

Health Equity and Media Lab

The Health and Equity Media Collaborative conducts community-engaged research, leverages communication science, new media and technology to address pernicious public health challenges.

Hollywood, Health and Society

Hollywood, Health and Society provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for storylines on health, safety and national security.