MS in Health Communication
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Offered in collaboration with Boston University College of Communication
The online Master of Science (MS) in Health Communication program teaches students to understand the complexities of important health care issues and communicate them in a way both the media and the public can understand.
The multidisciplinary curriculum focuses on how to implement effective communication campaigns, tackle tough health care issues, and provide valuable information to the media, the public, and other critical stakeholders. Students in the program gain leadership skills in the emerging fields of health care marketing, public relations, health literacy, crisis management, and social marketing.
Geared toward professionals with a background in health care or public relations, the online Master of Science in Health Communication can be completed in as few as 18 months of part-time study. The interactive, online format includes lectures and debates, videos, interactive animation, discussion boards, and more.
All candidates for admission to the online Master of Science in Health Communication degree program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (minimum GPA 3.0) and are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, two personal statements, and work experience. Standardized admission tests such as the GRE are not required; English language proficiency is. Applicants who attended college in a country where English is not the primary language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a video. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis; courses start six times a year.
Students in the MS in Health Communication program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 to remain in good standing and to graduate. No grade below B– in any course may be applied toward the degree. Students with grade point averages below 3.0 will be on academic probation and must be in a position to achieve a 3.0 within the 40 required credit hours for graduation or be subject to dismissal.
A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:
- MET HC 750 The American Health Care System for Health Communicators
- MET HC 751 Introduction to Epidemiology for the Health Communicator
- MET HC 752 The Biology of Disease
- MET HC 753 Nutrition and Health for Communicators
- MET HC 754 Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health Communication
- MET HC 755 Contemporary Health Care Marketing
- MET HC 756 Contemporary Public Relations
- MET HC 757 Interactive Marketing Communications
- MET HC 758 Media Relations
- MET HC 759 Health Communication