Benjamin R. Bates, Ph.D.

Benjamin R. Bates, Ph.D.

Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication
President, Eastern Communication Association
Coordinator for International Outreach

Specialization: Communication Health Campaigns and Messaging; Rhetoric of Health; Communication and International Health and Development
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Dr. Bates’s research and teaching is in the public understanding of health and healing. Although first trained as a rhetorical scholar, Dr. Bates appreciates and uses critical, qualitative, and quantitative methods to address questions at the intersection of health, medicine, and questions of public need. Specifically, he investigates communication campaigns in the context of public and environmental health and public understanding of health and healing. In addition to extensive teaching in Athens, Ohio, Dr. Bates has also taught and researched in southeast Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Bates’s research, teaching, and service were recognized by the Eastern Communication Association with the Past Presidents’ Award and named him an ECA Distinguished Research Fellow. He was most recently named an ECA Distinguished Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Bates Discusses Teaching and Research at Ohio University

Dr. Bates’s C.V.

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Appalachian Rural Health Institute
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
Communication and Development Studies
Center for African Studies
Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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