“My courses cover a range of relevant topics, from issues like communicating with patients and families to some of the challenges that healthcare organizations might face, such as employee burnout and communicating in a crisis.”
Dr. Kristin Hocevar currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on health communication, risk and crisis communication, and health and new technology, among other topics. She has worked in television, documentary film, and web production for multiple Public Broadcasting Service stations and affiliated organizations.
Additionally, Dr. Hocevar has worked in communication for the United States Navy and has taught public health. She has published and conducted numerous international and local research projects on various digital media and health-related topics.
Her current research focuses on crisis communication, online health information, and quantitative methods and measures related to communication and health.
In which online program(s) do you teach?
What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?
I want students to develop an ability to engage in effective communication about health-related topics with both internal and external stakeholders. It is vital to many healthcare administration roles, whether you engage in this work yourself, train, or supervise those who do.
My courses cover a range of relevant topics, from issues like communicating with patients and families to some of the challenges that healthcare organizations might face such as employee burnout and communicating in a crisis.
How long have you been teaching online courses?
I have been teaching online courses since 2014.
What is the value of a higher degree in the field in which you teach?
Many healthcare administration roles, particularly at higher levels of the organization, require a master's degree.
What advice would you give to those considering the online MBA program?
An online program is often the best option for working adults, and our program has many benefits for those trying to juggle work, families, and higher education. However, online work can also require a lot of self-motivation. My advice to keep motivated is to keep your end goal in mind, and think about what receiving an advanced degree can do for your life and career opportunities.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.
I enjoy public speaking. I have received the First Place winner, Humorist Speech Contest Club Level, Toastmasters International, 2019.