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Final Paper

FInaly Paper (7 – 8 pages):

75 points

The objectives for this assignment are to: (a) think critically the application of concepts of health communication, (b) find ways to answer your own questions

One of the most exciting aspects of the field of health is that it is continually evolving. This project is designed to explore some of those innovations and extend our understanding of the field of health communication.

First: For the final paper students will identify a question they have regarding some aspect of health communication; e.g. the development of the patient-provider relationship, an issue of community health, or the effectiveness of health campaigns.

Question Development:

In this process you might choose to examine the health of a particular community (e.g. Latin community, Third Ward, Suburban, etc.) in Houston or Houston as a whole. Consider health priorities for yourself and your neighbors.

I want you to begin to apply what you have learned in class about health communication and reflect on yourself and your community. What concepts related to health communication do you encounter on a daily or weekly basis? Think broadly about your daily interactions that are specific to your health experience.

Then: Once you have chosen your research question begin researching your topic by reading scholarly articles (see Library Resources) that help to extend the knowledge presented in our text about your chosen topic. You should find at least three additional scholarly articles that provide new depth on your chosen topic. Always make sure to check the validity of your sources. Below is a list of trusted sources.

  • Health Communication
  • Journal of Health Communication Communication & Medicine
  • Social Science & Medicine
  • Journal of Applied Communication Research Journal of Communication in Healthcare Journal of Qualitative Health Research Journal of the American Medical Association Australian Journal of Communication
  • New England Journal of Health
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior Communication Monographs Communication Quarterly
  • Communication Research
  • Communication Studies
  • Communication Yearbook
  • Critical Studies in Mass Communication
  • Critical Studies in Media Developmental Psychology Discourse and Society Discourse Analysis
  • Human Communication Research
  • Journal of Communication
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Journal of Sociology
  • Language and Social Interaction
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Economics
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Education and Counseling
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Annals of Family Medicine
  • Academic Medicine
  • Health Psychology

For each article you find you will write a 1-page summary that explores:

  • Phenomena the researcher(s) studied
  • How the researcher(s) collected data (That is, who or what did they study and how? Be specific, but clear. If the article does not give this information, it is not a primary source.)
  • What conclusions the researchers reached and how they explain these conclusions
  • How the study relates helps to answer your specific research question

Constructing the Paper:

Your report should be 7 – 8 pages and follow these parts with a strong introduction and conclusion (graded as transitions and connectives):

  • Part 1: What is your chosen topic? Why did you choose this topic? (1 – 2 pages)
  • Part 2: Provide a brief summary of the information provided in the text about this topic (1 page)
  • Part 3: Report your research findings on this topic (see instructions above), each scholarly article review should be about 1 page (3 pages)
  • Part 4: Synthesize your findings from the three research articles, and relate back to the original question (1 page)

This report should follow standard essay format including an introduction and conclusion. Sources should be cited using APA style. Other aspects of the paper do not need to be APA style i.e. do not need to include a title page or abstract. At minimum your paper should have four sources including our textbook and three scholarly articles.

See Final Paper Grading Rubric Final Paper Grading Rubric – Alternative Formats

for detailed grading.


  • Seven to eight pages, double-spaced
  • In essay form with an overall thesis that relates to your research question at the outset of the paper
  • Fully developed paragraphs
  • All claims should be supported with citations and concrete examples supported by the sources
  • Should use class specific terms
  • References in-text and reference page (using APA style) – including the book, and three other sources
  • This paper is due OCTOBER 15, 2020

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