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Master of Science in Health Communication Boston University College of Communication and Metropolitan College


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Jamie Rauscher (MET '11)
Project Manager
Marketing Department
Brigham and Women's Hospital

"The Master of Science in Health Communication enhanced my career in health care by both broadening and deepening my knowledge base. Health Communication courses like Biology, Epidemiology and Nutrition deepened my existing knowledge of health care while classes like Biomedical Ethics, Introduction to Health Communication, Interactive Marketing and Introduction to Media Relations introduced me to new concepts."

Health care issues affect billions worldwide, and can range from health care reform to environmental crises. An effective and responsible communication strategy requires professionals with an understanding of biosystems and disease, nutrition and public health, the American health care system, and epidemiology-and the ability to communicate information in a way both the media and the public can understand.

Developed 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, providing academic and professional preparation for students who wish to work within this important and emerging field.

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.


The online MSHC consists of ten courses, and can be completed in as few as 18 months of part-time study.

The Boston University Online Master of Science in Health Communication can be completed in less than two years of study.

Getting Started

Students may apply to begin at any time. Please complete this form to begin the application process.