John Parrish-Sprowl, PhD currently serves as the Director of the Global Health Communication Center (GHCC) of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Communication Studies. Prior to this he was the Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He also serves on the coordinating council of the Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) of the Indiana Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in the Indiana University School of Medicine and is a member of the WHO Roster of Experts for social and behavioral change. 

Professor Parrish-Sprowl has been elected to the legislative Assembly of the National Communication Association, Chair of the Applied Communication Division (2X), and as Chair of Theory and Methodology plus the Applied Division of the Eastern Communication Association. He has been a reviewer and editorial board member for a number of Communication journals. He has presented numerous papers, published 50+ articles, book chapters, several in award winning volumes, as well as edited books. His work is referenced in The Encyclopedia of Health Communication and in the Handbook of Applied Communication Research. He has been a co-investigator and/or had an active role in grants from USAID, NIH, and private foundations.
An award-winning educator and consultant, Dr. Parrish-Sprowl is known for his international applied communication research and project consultancies, focusing on issues of health, economic development, and education. His work has resulted in improved performance for a number of organizations in several countries. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, been a visiting faculty member, lectured, conducted research and consulted with universities, businesses, and NGOs in 20 countries. In addition, in the US, he has made presentations to several universities, multiple businesses, and trade groups, as well as TEDx. Dr. Parrish-Sprowl has been honored with awards from his current and past universities, as well as universities in both Macedonia and Poland, plus several other organizations for his work.

Academic interests

Global Health Issues including campaigns, provider-patient conversation, health systems design, communication theory


Global Health, Advanced Communication Theory, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Study abroad


Susan Buck Sutton Award, 2017.

Elected Visiting Faculty, SEE University, Tetovo, Macedonia

University Gold Medal, University of Wroclaw, Poland

University Distinguished Professor Award for Teaching Excellence-University of Connecticut


Parrish-Sprowl, J. (2017). Communication theory. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of communication research methods, M. Allen, Ed.. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage. 212-214.

Carr, Z., Clarke, M., Akl, E. M., Schneider, R., Li, C., Parrish-Sprowl, J., Stenke, L., Cui-Ping, L., Bertrand, S., Miller, C. (2016). Using the grade approach to support developing recommendations for public health interventions in radiation emergencies. Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 1-12.
Parrish-Sprowl, J. (2015).

An investigation into adolescent sexual assault underreporting in the state of Indiana. (,
Parrish-Sprowl, J. (2014).

Communication complex. In T. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of health communication. (Vol. 3, pp. 211-213). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:

Related professional service

Consultant to numerous organizations in multiple countries across several types of organizations, including business, governments, and NGOs


WHO Roster of Experts on Social and Behavioral Change

Recently part of a WHO working group developing training for community engagement for the ebola virus disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone

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