Health Care Across the Pond and Beyond

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Dr. Jennifer Fairchild is a Professor of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University. Having earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky in December 2009, Dr. Fairchild continues to extend her dissertation research involving women’s narrative reconstruction post-miscarriage and the social support offered to women post-miscarriage. Dr. Fairchild teaches a wide variety of courses, including interpersonal communication, health communication, communication, leadership and change, intercultural communication, and gender and communication. Her dissertation work has been presented at meetings of the National Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association. Her research also has been featured in such journals as PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, Illness, Crisis, and Loss, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Journal of Effective Teaching, and Communication Center Journal. Dr. Fairchild is the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, presented by the Office of e-Campus Learning at Eastern Kentucky University. She is also the recipient of the EKU Student Government Association’s “Most Outstanding Distinguished Educational Leader Award” which was presented to her in May 2018.

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Health Care Across the Pond and Beyond

Program Dates:
Dec 26, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
COMM 415 / COMM 145

Health Care Administration , Public Health , Communication

Course Description:

In this course designed for future healthcare professionals and communication studies majors, you will enhance your understanding of features of the British and Irish healthcare systems and be able to compare and contrast them with the American model. By exploring such sites in London as the Florence Nightingale Museum, St. Thomas Hospital, and the Royal London Hospital Museum and sites in Dublin such as the Trinity College Book of Kells and Children’s Health Ireland at Krumlin, students will gain a multicultural perspective as well as a greater familiarity with healthcare system issues, enabling them to become more effective communicators. Students in Nursing programs will also be able to use the lessons learned in improve your employment opportunities.

“ This course will appeal to a variety of majors, including nursing, public health, healthcare administration, nonprofit leadership, occupational therapy, pre-med, communication, speech pathology/communication disorders, and more.” Dr. Jennifer Fairchild


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