Health Communication - Certificate, Health Campaign/Policy Track
Careers in Health and in Communication are growing much faster than average according to the Office of Occupational Outlook, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health communication skills are increasingly valuable in careers related to health and medicine, as well as the media, public relations, and strategic communication. Health communication skills are applicable for a variety of health and medical career tasks including provider-patient consultations; the formative research, design, implementation, and assessment of public health communication campaigns; the development of strategic communication initiatives for health organizations and related products and services; as well as leadership in public and private sector health agendas. Health messaging reaches diverse audiences and includes the use of advocacy to influence policy, as well as mediating and shaping public conversations on health issues both face-to-face and via traditional and new media in local and global arenas. Health communication skills are important for profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations.
The Health Communication Certificate (HCC) provides a track for students interested in health campaigns, other forms of mediated health communication, and health policy. Specific certificate requirements are available in the Undergraduate Studies Office of the Department of Communication. Details are also available on the Department of Communication website.
Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each course used to meet the requirements. Students who pursue the HCC must complete all requirements prior to graduation.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|COMM 370||Health Communication||3|
|COMM 470||Communication in Health Care Contexts||3|
|COMM 471||Media, Health and Medicine||3|
|Prescribed Elective Courses|
|COMM 375||Media Audiences||3|
|COMM 450||Media Campaigns||3|
|or COMM 330||or Technology and Human Communication|
|One semester or one summer of service learning 1||0|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||18|
Working with non-profit on health promotion or health campaigns for 5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Must be approved in advance by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.