Chair of Health Communication


Mirjam Jenny, Jule Schmitz and Cornelia Betsch are co-authors of an article that has now appeared in the book "Jetzt oder nie: Nachhaltigkeit im Gesundheitswesen" ("Now or Never: Sustainability in Healthcare").

On November 19, 2022, students of the master's program met with alumni, teachers and friends of the professorship for health communication. The "2nd GeKo Reunion" provided the perfect setting for getting to know each other, networking and exchanging…

How can climate protection measures be planned from a human perspective and effectively communicated? Dr. Mirjam Jenny and Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch (Chair of Health Communication) answer this question in an article entitled "Human behavior and…

The 87th ZEIT Forum Wissenschaft will take place on November 23, 2022 at 7 pm at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW). On stage, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch, Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx and Health Minister Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach…

Cornelia Betsch receives Thuringian Research Award

With the Thuringian Research Award, the Free State has been honouring top scientific achievements of Thuringian universities and non-university research institutions once a year since 1995. In 2022, the award in the category "Applied Research" goes to Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch and her team for the project: "Understanding and Changing Infection Protection Behaviour".


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Prof. Cornelia Betsch receives German Psychology Prize 2021

The German Psychology Prize 2021 goes to Prof. Cornelia Betsch for her outstanding research on the behavior and perception of the population during the corona pandemic. Due to the pandemic situation, the ceremony planned for April 1, 2022 in Berlin had to be postponed to late summer. On the planned day of the ceremony, the supporting program with scientific lectures took place virtually.


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Establishing a new Institute for Planetary Health Behaviour

Fighting climate change will require far-reaching measures in the future. At the University of Erfurt, we are currently planning on establishing the Institute for Planetary Health Behavior (working title), which will focus on the cause and potential combatant of climate change — humans and their behaviour. The term planetary health is understood to mean the consequences for humans and nature that result from human intervention in nature. Our scientific work is going to focus on the societal, political and individual level and initiate a transformation towards better planetary and human health: because our health depends on a healthy planet.

The institute is currently being founded and, according to the current planning status, brings together scientists from health communication (Prof. Cornelia Betsch und Dr. Mirjam Jenny), social, organizational and economic psychology (Prof. Tilmann Betsch), educational research (Prof. Johannes Bauer), empirical social research (Prof. Guido Mehlkop) and communication science (Prof. Dr. Fabian Prochazka). The professional spectrum will be expanded in the future.

This institute will build bridges to scientific institutions that conduct scientific and biomedical research on climate and health, and to alliances that place climate and health protection on a political level. We want to provide behavioral science tools and new concepts for science communication and journalism as well as education to contribute to a healthy future.

Translating research into practice

Nicola Kuhrt, Jan Oude-Aost und Cornelia Betsch: Fakten-Check Impfen: Pro & Contra auf den Grund gegangen (Gräfe und Unzer Verlag, 2021)
"The Debunking Handbook 2020" by John Cook / Stephan Lewandowsky and 20 prominent scholars of misinformation (among them Philipp Schmid / University of Erfurt).
Professor of Health Communication
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