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Robert Bell


  • Ph.D., College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin, 1984
  • M.A., Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1981
  • B.S., Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1980


Professor Bell, a health communication specialist, has a longstanding interest in communication and social influence processes. He has applied this interest in the domains of prescription drug advertising, health information seeking, language strategies in health promotion, and physician-patient interaction. He has a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Research Focus

Professor Bell is the author or coauthor of more than 100 articles and book chapters a wide variety of outlets in communication, medicine and public health.

Selected Publications


Robert Bell regularly teaches courses in health communication, research methods, and media and health.