Asian Pacific American Studies — Communication Studies — Critical Diversity Studies
Evelyn Y. Ho

Evelyn Y. Ho

Associate Professor

Evelyn Y. Ho is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, and Critical Diversity Studies at the University of San Francisco. Beginning with an understanding that communication is a cultural activity and that health care systems and beliefs are profoundly cultural, Dr. Ho's teaching and research focus broadly on the intersections of health, culture and communication. Health care in the United States is increasingly confronted with a variety of domestic and international-based alternatives to Western biomedicine and her research studies the discursive construction of holistic, complementary, and integrative medicine especially in relationship to biomedicine.

Recent research has focused on patient education for talking about complementary and alternative medicine with biomedical practitioners and the use of Chinese medicine among Chinese Americans and Type 2 Diabetes. Previous research has examined public health acupuncture clinics in Seattle and in San Francisco where the focus was on the use of acupuncture and massage therapy use for HIV-related neuropathy. Her research has been published in Research on Language and Social Interaction, Health Communication, Diabetes Educator, Patient Education and Counseling, Qualitative Health Research, and elsewhere.

At USF Dr. Ho teaches courses in Communication and Culture, Ethnography of Communication, Qualitative Research Methods, Health Communication, Holistic Medicine, and Asian Pacific American Studies. In 2014, she co-taught USF’s first ever Pacific Islander course – the Davies Forum – Pondering Paradise: Contemporary Issues Through a Pacific Lens. Evelyn Ho is the current Vice-Chair of the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).


Ph.D. University of Iowa

Research Areas

Holistic Medicine
Health Communication
Communication and Culture
Ethnography of Communication

Courses Offered
  • On Sabbatical until Fall 2015
Koenig, C. J., Ho, E. Y., Yadegar, V., & Tarn, D. M. (2012). Negotiating complementary and alternative medicine use in primary care visits with older patients. Patient Education & Counseling, 89, 368-373. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.02.020

Ho, E. Y. & Robles, J. S. (2011). Cultural resources for health participation: Examining biomedicine, acupuncture and massage therapy for HIV-related peripheral neuropathy. Health Communication, 26(2), 135-146.

Bylund, C. L., D'Agostino, T. A., Ho, E. Y., & Chewning, B. A. (2010). Improving clinical communication and promoting health through concordance-based patient education. Communication Education, 59(3), 294-311.

Ho, E. Y., Koenig, C. J., Wingard, L. & Bansavich, J. (2009). Learning LSI means doing LSI: Reflections on technology use in two Language and Social Interaction courses. Electronic Journal of Communication, 19(1-2).

Ho, E. Y., Bylund, C. L., Rosenbaum, M., & Herwaldt, L. A. (2009). Teaching health communication through found poems created from patients' stories. Communication Teacher, 23, 93-98.

Ho, E. Y. & Bylund, C. L. (2008). Models of health and models of health delivery in the practitioner-client relationship in acupuncture. Health Communication, 23, 506-515.

Baxter, L., Egbert, N. & Ho, E. (2008). Everyday health communication experiences of college students. Journal of American College Health, 56, 427-435.

Ho, E. Y. (2007). "Have you seen your aura lately?": Examining boundary-work in holistic health pamphlets. Qualitative Health Research, 17, 26-37.

Ho, E. Y. (2006). Behold the power of Qi: The importance of Qi in the discourse of acupuncture. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 39, 411-440.

Zickmund, S., Ho, E. Y., Masuda, M., Ippolito, L. & LaBrecque, D. R. (2003). "They treated me like a leper": Stigmatization and the emotional burden of hepatitis C. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 18, 835-844.