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Dr. Christine North

Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Communication & Media Studies
120 Freed Center
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810

Dr. Christine North holds a doctorate in interpersonal and health communication and most recently completed her Masters in Public Health in Health Promotion and Education. She is highly invested in community health and wellness, especially as it relates to social determinants of health and with marginalized communities. She has done a great deal of work in rural Dominican Republic working alongside local and international stakeholders to improve health conditions and to provide basic health services to Dominican people. She frequently travels with students as part of her commitment to teaching about ethical and sustainable aid and development. Her philosophy in traveling with students is that of LEARNINGservice where the emphasis is on what students can learn from their interactions with another culture moreso than on short-term service. The best service is often that of listening and truly learning about another and the other's situation rather than trying to "fix" what we often are not equipped to "fix."

Dr. North was recently elected to the Patient Advocate Certification Board, an organization responsible for the creation and oversight of the first national certification exam for patient advocates. The board began work in 2012 and is currently at the point of creating the exam.  More information about the organization and its work can be found at

Dr. North has worked as a data analysis consultant for a Centers for Disease Control  Small Communities Transformation Grant for Lima/Allen County (Ohio), and currently serves as a member Reference Group of the Better Volunteering, Better Care global working group. This international organization is comprised of NGOs, academic institutions, and businesses committed to improving volunteer experiences around the world that are responsible and do not create damaging outcomes for those being served, especially children in orphanages or similar care facilities.  She has written chapters related to her work with International voluntourism and global communities and has engaged in a number of speaking events on the subject.

In her spare time, Dr. North enjoys bicycling, walking, working in her garden, bird watching, playing with her rescued cats, travel, and playing music. She also enjoys knitting and a variety of other crafts. Dr. North loves to learn news skills and is always up for a project to tackle!

  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma at Norman
  • MPH, Wright State University
  • MA, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • BA, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Teaching Interests: 
  • Health Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Ethics of International Aid (Ethical and Sustainable Aid and Civic Engagement)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
Research Interests: 
  • Cross-cultural Health Interactions in Latin America
  • International Aid/Ethical Aid
  • Health Promotion/Health Education/Community Intervention
  • Social Support
Selected Publications: 

North, C. L. (2018).  Practicing medicine with CLAS. In R. W. Davis & A. Patterson-Matsuko (Eds.) Communication for global engagement across
     cultural boundaries (2nd ed.).
Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

North, C. L. (2018).  Global engagement for the greater good. In R. W. Davis & A. Patterson-Matsuko (Eds.) Communication for global
     engagement across cultural boundaries (2nd ed.).
Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

Shields, K. M., Sobota,  K. F., Kroustos,  K. R., Bright,  D. R., North,  C. L., & Kisor,  D. F. (2013).  Implementation and evaluation of a student-led,
     online, longitudinal outpatient case elective. Currents in Teaching Pharmacy and Learning, 5, 351-357.

North, C. L. (2012). A guide for new teachers of introduction to communication (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Reid, K. J., White, R. M., & North, C. L. (2012). Work in progress -- Interdisciplinary international preprofessional service within the first-year
     engineering curriculum, fie, pp.F1E-1-F1E-5, 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference,

Reid, K. J., & North, C. L. (2012).  International Service Learning (audio podcast). Available from

North, C. L. (2012). A guide for new teachers of the basic course in communication.  Boston, MA: Allyn &Bacon.

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