Introduction: Systems Perspectives on Health Communication
In 1975, the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association was formed. Eleven years later, the Commission on Health Communication was formed by the Speech Communication Association. As health communication has become an area of specialty for communication scholars, more advanced courses are being offered at colleges and universities. Although a number of excellent introductory texts are available for use in lower division courses, there is a need for advanced and graduate-level texts in health communication.