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Distrust or Diligence: How Public Health Communication Strategies Affected COVID-19 Response and Effectiveness in Multiple Countries

Strynkowski, Devin (2021) Distrust or Diligence: How Public Health Communication Strategies Affected COVID-19 Response and Effectiveness in Multiple Countries. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This essay presents a case study of Germany, Senegal, and the U.S. and how each jurisdiction’s Public health communication strategy impacted its ability to respond to global the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of effective public health communication is to convince the public to make choices designed to keep them safe and healthy. Public health communication is critical to prevent the spread of misinformation and increase societal cooperation in public health efforts. This essay will examine the public health communication strategies of three countries used to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, it will analyze how their choice of strategy affected COVID-19 case numbers, mortality, and trust in governmental competency to address the pandemic. The public health significance of this analysis is twofold. First and foremost, it will help individuals understand the various types of public health communication and how they can be used effectively. Second, it provides country leaders with an understanding of how to best utilize public health communication strategies to address pandemic and epidemic related events. The result is that individuals receive timely and effective health information and countries minimize misinformation surrounding public health topics and improve public response to pandemic events.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Strynkowski, Devindes206@pitt.edudes2060000-0001-8108-3909
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVan Nostrand, Elizabethevannostrand@pitt.eduevannostrandUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduemfelterUNSPECIFIED
Date: 13 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 28 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 38
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 Public Health Communication
Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 20:20
Last Modified: 13 May 2021 20:20


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