Risk communication

J. B. Weaver, S. Sargent Weaver, R. J. DiClemente

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Risk communication, an essential function of public health, involves the effective and accurate exchange of information about health risks and hazards - often during an emergency - that advances risk awareness and understanding and promotes health-protective behaviors among individuals, communities, and institutions. Although forged through decades of applied experience in response to infectious disease outbreaks, industrial accidents, and natural disasters, contemporary public health risk communication principles and practices build upon a foundation of behavioral, health, and social sciences theory and research. Increasingly, risk communication concepts are proving instrumental to pursuits in noncrisis contexts such as health care and health promotion. © 2008

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
StatePublished - 2008


  • Cultural competence
  • Cultural issues in health communication
  • Disasters
  • Emergency planning
  • Health
  • Internet
  • Mass media
  • Media coverage of public health
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk perception
  • Risk surveillance
  • Safety risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • General Medicine


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