Assistant Professor



Jensen holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Communication and Health Promotion and Education. His research program focuses on the design and evaluation of strategic health communication. Broadly speaking, he studies whether mass communication (e.g., television, billboards, interactive communication technologies) can improve public health. He has published widely on issues of public perception and health, including cancer and obesity. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in communication from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. in political science from Concordia College.


Health communication, public understanding of cancer prevention, detection, treatment and end of life issues; media effects, including media violence; public relations, advertising, integrated marketing and strategic communication; children and media; media literacy

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