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Health Communication

Graduate Certificate

College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication | Graduate School

Department: Communication

No Longer Accepting Students

This program has been recommended and approved for discontinuation by the Arkansas Higher Education Board. Students currently enrolled in this program will not be impacted and will be able to graduate as planned.


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.

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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.