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Elizabeth Rattine-Flaherty

Associate Professor, Health Communication
Department of Liberal Arts


Ph.D. in Health Communication (Ohio University)

M.A. in Communication Studies (Ohio University)

B.A. in International Studies [Europe] and French Language and Literature (Ohio University)


Dr. Rattine-Flaherty has conducted international health communication research in a variety of geographic areas including the Amazon region of Peru, the Philippines, and Israel/Palestine. Her research interests have led her to examine questions about cultural competency in healthcare providers, the development and dissemination of culturally and linguistically appropriate health messages, and the importance of interpersonal relationships with regard to promoting behavior change. In addition, as the course coordinator for Healthcare Communication (COMM3200), Dr. Rattine-Flaherty continues to explore the role of effective communication between patients and practitioners, particuarly within the evolving pharmacy context. Finally, Dr. Rattine-Flaherty has extended her interest in patient-provider communication to include end-of-life communication.

Current Research

Dr. Rattine-Flaherty is utilizing a qualitative approach to examine the experiences of hospice volunteers and their end-of-life communication interactions with patients and families.

Current Courses, Activities, and Scholarly Interest

I relish coordinating and teaching Healthcare Communication (COMM3200) because it offers me the opportunity to support students as they explore some of the fundamental ways communication can help (or hinder) patient outcomes!

I am also looking forward to co-teaching Chronic Illness, Death, and Dying (SOCI3300) for the first time this spring with my colleague, Dr. Patrick Fontane, since it will allow students the opportunity to examine in-depth just how important it is to talk to patients who are nearing the end of their life course. Death and dying are traditionally taboo topics, so I am very motivated to bring these important communication contexts out in the open!

In addition, I am incredibly proud to serve as a co-advisor to two amazing student groups - the Women's Health Interest Group (WHIG) and the school newspaper (The Pharmakon)! These engaged students continue to inspire me with their creativity and dedication to doing great things!

Vita Highlights

Honors and Awards

(2016) Recipient of the Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Award


Rattine-Flaherty, E. (2009). Reconstructing sexuality and identity through dialogue: TheMuntada’s actions for Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Book Chapters

Rattine-Flaherty, E, & Harper, P. C. (2015). The challenge of culturally competent health communication: The role of the pharmacist in a Navajo community. In M. Brann (Ed.), Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication. (pp. 59-70).


In addition to my roles as a teacher and researcher, I am a busy parent of two small children, three dogs and a regular hospice volunteer. In my limited free time, I like to read, run, and practice taekwondo.

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