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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

    Coursework Overview

    The courses selected for the certi�cate 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.


    Core Courses
    Sem. Hrs.
    SCOM 5402, Seminar in Health Communication
    One of the following:
    SCOM 5243, Interpersonal Communication
    SCOM 6243, Seminar in InterpersonalCommunication
    SCOM 5253, Intercultural Communication
    NURS 6483, Ethics in Health Care
    Electives: Choose 2 of the following
    Sem. Hrs.
    COUN 6423, Psychological Aspects of Aging
    ELSE 6023, Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities
    HP 6023, Health Policy and Economic Issues
    One of the following:
    HP 6113, US Health Care
    NURS 6833, American Health Care System
    NURS 6303, Health Care Issues and Policy
    One of the following:
    MCOM 5603, Crisis Communication
    SCOM 5263, Organizational Communication
    MGMT 6003, Org Behavior in Health Care Organizations
    MGMT 6013, HR Management for Health Care Organizations
    Total Required Hours:
  • 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.

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  • 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.