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Gain experience in health communication while earning your degree. The health communication certificate is ideal for students interested in:

  • Health campaigns
  • Mediated health communication
  • Health policy
  • Communication in healthcare organizations
  • Provider-patient relationships

Health messaging reaches diverse audiences and includes the use of advocacy to influence policy. Health messaging can also mediate and shape public conversations on health issues locally and globally, using face-to-face communication and traditional and new media.

Health communication skills are important for profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations. Health communication skills are increasingly valuable in careers related to health and medicine, media, public relations and strategic communication. Health communication skills are applicable for a variety of health and medical career tasks including:

  • Provider-patient consultations
  • Formative research, design, implementation and assessment of public health communication campaigns
  • Development of strategic communication initiatives for health organizations and related products and services
  • Leadership in public and private sector health agendas

Careers in health and in communication are growing much faster than average according to the Office of Occupational Outlook, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Specific certificate requirements are available in the Undergraduate Studies Office of the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Health Communication Certificate Requirements