Master of Science in Health Communication (online)

Developed by Metropolitan College in collaboration with Boston University’s College of Communication, the Master of Science in Health Communication (MSHC) is the first degree of its type to be offered online.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Health Communication will be able to:

  • Apply basic public relations and marketing theories and principles to the practice of health communication.
  • Employ communication strategy, methods and technology to communicate information, influence audiences, or affect change on health-related topics and issues.
  • Evaluate the value and significance of traditional, social, and emerging digital media practice in the health communication field.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of ethical and socially responsible health communication practices and strategies, and knowledge of the Code of Ethics as defined by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
  • Articulate the role that communication plays in the health care industry.
  • Interpret and apply basic communication research fundamentals to the field of health communication.
  • Analyze, synthesize, interpret, and present health and scientific information using clear and concise messaging for public consumption.

MSHC applicants who have previously earned the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) are eligible upon admission to waive two of the program’s required courses—the equivalent of 8 credit hours—in recognition of their demonstrated expertise in strategic communication and ethical standards. This waiver brings the total number of required courses down from ten to eight—saving an estimated 20 percent in tuition costs—and makes it possible to complete the master’s program in as few as 14 months of part-time study.

Learn more about the online MS in Health Communication.

Photograph of Meghan De Cagna (MET '12)

“An unexpected outcome of this program is the wonderful relationships and community that is built with other classmates who hail from all parts of the world with diverse backgrounds and work experiences. My classmates have become friends and professional contacts. The generosity, desire to learn and to make a difference in this world is an enduring legacy that exists between current students and program alumni.”

Meeghan De Cagna (MET ‘12)
Senior Director of Communications
Marketing & Technology Department
American Medical Student Association