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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Health Communication

Graduate Certificate (Certificate)

College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication | Graduate School

Department: Communication


Communication training for health care providers and consumers can help prepare individuals to effectively meet the communicative demands of health care practice. Specially, consumers must be able to communicate effectively with their health care providers to achieve their goals and providers must be able to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers to competently perform their duties.

Moreover, the role of media and health information dissemination is an important variable in informing consumers about health related matters which may affect how they communicate with health care providers.

  • Curriculum

    The courses selected for the certificate in health communication are chosen for their applicability for individuals working in the health care industry and for consumers who wish to understand the role of communication in health care processes and outcomes. Curriculum and certificate requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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  • Admission Criteria

    Graduate School Admission

    All applicants must first apply online to the Graduate School for their desired program. Visit the Graduate School website for more information.

    View the Graduate School admission criteria >>
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Graduate School

    To apply to the Health Communications Certificate program, simply complete the online application, found at the adjacent 'Apply Now' link, to the graduate school.  You will be prompted for the program in which you wish to apply for on the application. Once you have submitted all required documents to the graduate school, your application will be forwarded to the specific program for review.

Why Study Health Communication?

The health care industry continues to grow in structure, size, and complexity with the advent of new technologies and the demands of an aging population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's website, the nation's population will increase by 18 percent between 2000 and 2020. Thus, an additional 50 million people will need to have their health care needs met. Moreover, by 2020, persons 85 years and older will represent the fastest growing segment of the population. They will be major users of health care facilities and services.