Health Communication

Effective communication is increasingly recognized as crucial to delivering quality healthcare. From encounters between medical professionals and patients, to training medical students and mass media health promotion campaigns, language plays a vital role in facilitating understanding, conveying health-related messages, as well as ensuring patients' satisfaction with the services that they receive.

The Health Communication Group at the University of Hong Kong seeks to enhance our understanding of the role of communication by promoting cutting-edge research that draws on expertise from a range of disciplines including linguistics, medical education, medicine, and the social sciences.

In addition to its research programme, the Health Communication Group organizes lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences in collaboration with other pioneering health communication centres and associated healthcare institutions around the world.

For the special issue of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 20:2 (2010) on 'Medical Communication in the Asia Context', please click here.


Call for PhD application in Discourse Analysis of Telegenetic Counseling Communication. Please click here for more details.

Forthcoming Activities:

Past Activities:
- 2nd Winter School on Health Communication on 8 and 9 December 2012

- Winter School on Health Communication on 17 and 18 December 2011

- Seminar on Contextualising 'Communication' Skills/Knowledge in Healthcare Research and Training

- A seminar on Mad Lit. by Prof Paul Crawford was held on 17 January 2011.

- The 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Human Genetics took place between 30 November and 3 December 2010 with the Centre being one of the sponsors.

- An international conference on Communicating with Patients in the Genetic Counselling Setting in Hong Kong took place at the University of Hong Kong on 24-26 July 2010.

- The CHM Health Communication research theme organized a forum on Communication in Crisis in collaboration with the Institute of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Hong Kong on 11 December 2009.

For further information on the activities of CHM Health Communication Group please contact the group leader Dr Olga A Zayts.