Medical Communication: Introduction

Numbering Code P-PUB01 8H077 LB90 Year/Term 2021 ・ The first half of first semester
Number of Credits 1 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Professional degree students Target Student
Language Japanese and English Day/Period Tue.5
Instructor name IWAKUMA MIHO (Graduate School of Medicine Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course I. Course Description
The course provides an introduction to medical communication, both its theoretical frameworks and applications, for those from diverse interests, backgrounds, and/or disciplines.


Course Goals II. Course Goals and Objectives
Understand frameworks, theories, and concepts that are relevant to medical communication
Understand socio-cultural characteristics in medicine (using sociology and communication perspectives)
Schedule and Contents 1) 4/14 Course introduction + getting to know
2) 4/21 Medicine, society, and communication 1
3) 4/28 Lecture on Hospital volunteer (Emiko Takaya Kyoto University Hospital "Nicotoma")
4) 4/30 Medicine, society, and communication 2
5) 5/12 Many “times & spaces”: non-verbal communication, continued
6) 5/19 Nuts and bolts” of communication studies: verbal, non-verbal, and channel
7) 5/26 Course-wrap
Evaluation Methods and Policy Course Grade
Participation 50%
Term paper 50%
“one-word declaration” 5% + title of the paper 10% + final version 35%
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) students are recommended to read readings of communicaion studies that are related to his or her interests.
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