The Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Nature of Health Communication Scholarship

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This chapter reviews the multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary nature of health communication research. The chapter details the conditions under which different orientations to research develop, discuss the implications for basic and applied research, and provide exemplars for how health communication scholars have developed multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary studies to engage in theorizing and applied health communication practice. In reviewing these research efforts, I suggest conditions under which the use of a particular research strategy may be important and discuss ways that researchers’ level of analysis (whether individual, group, organizational, cultural, or media system), complexity of public health or medical problem, and interest in collaboration or transcendent knowledge provides a foundation for their multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Health Communication, Third Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000451375
ISBN (Print)9780367487447
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

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