The Institute of Communication and Health (ICH) at the University of Lugano

The Institute of Communication and Health (ICH) at the University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana) consists of 33 members, including professors, post-doc researchers, PhD students and scientific collaborators. Among one of the first health communication institutes in Europe, it is organized around four research areas: (1) Health literacy and empowerment, (2) technologies and doctor-patient interaction, (3) cultural factors in health promotion, and (4) communicating medical errors. Within these focal areas, researchers at the institute explore the field of communication sciences for theoretical and applied research aimed at the preservation and development of individual health, and through social and corporate programs for the promotion of health, well-being and social policies. The institute bases its research on the interdisciplinary integration between the humanistic tradition and social sciences. This strategy is the basis for a quality approach in the studies of the health sector with conceptual and empirical implications. In addition, the ICH offers a competitive PhD program in Communication and Health financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and a popular dual Master Program in Communication, Management and Health in collaboration with Virginia Tech University in the United States. More information about the Institute and its members can be found on its website at