Julie Apker, WMU associate professor of communication, has written a book that explores the communication processes, issues, and concepts that influence the lives of patients, health professionals, and others in health institutions. “Communication in Health Organizations,” published in October by Polity Press, integrates scholarship from health communication, medicine, nursing, public health, and allied health.
A comprehensive review of the research literature, the book explains the complexities and contingencies of communication in health settings using systems theory, an approach that enhances reader understanding of health organizing. The book familiarizes readers with how health organizations function communicatively and why health professionals interact as they do.
Apker joined the faculty in 2001. She teaches and conducts research in organizational and health communication.