Communication is about problems that may be encountered when communicating about biomedical sciences and how such problems may be resolved. You get insight in communication theory (e.g., how do attitudes, social norms, and perceived control affect intended behavior?) and you apply this knowledge in a variety of ways by developing, implementing, and evaluating a communication strategy for a specific target group. You will receive training in doing qualitative research, effective writing for lay persons, designing visuals to relay information, and improve on your presentation skills. Internships completed in the context of this profile have included: developing a website for patient organisation, launching an information campaign at a secondary school, building an exhibition at a science museum, and preparing an item for a scientific television programme.
Courses related to the communication profile:
When you wish to include the communication profile in your programme, then the following courses are compulsory (see List of BMS-courses for the course-description):
- MED-BMS06 Science popularisation
- MED-BMS07 Science communication and society
- MED-BMS08 Qualitative research
- MED-BMS09 Science presentation and visualisation
These courses are also accessible, if you do not choose for a communication profile.
A student can submit a motivated request to the Board of Examiners if he/she wishes to replace one of the mentioned profile courses by a comparable course from another academic program while retaining the objectives of the profile.
The coordinator of the communication profile is:
Gert Jan van der Wilt (Department for Health Evidence)
The co-coordinator of the communication profile is:
Bart Bloemen (Department for Health Evidence)
For internships see: Communication profile internships.