MS in Health Communication


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, public relations, or public health education, 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 and are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and professional references, two personal statements, and work experience. Standardized admission tests such as the GRE are not required; English-language proficiency is. Applicants who attended a college where English is not the language of instruction 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.

Academic Standing

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.

Degree Requirements

The MS in Health Communication consists of 10 courses for a total of 40 credits:

  • MET HC 750 The American Health Care System for Health Communicators
  • MET HC 751 Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Communicators
  • MET HC 752 The Biology of Disease
  • MET HC 755 Contemporary Health Care Marketing
  • MET HC 756 Contemporary Public Relations
  • MET HC 757 Interactive Marketing Communications
  • MET HC 758 Media Relations for Health Communicators
  • MET HC 759 Health Communication
  • MET HC 760 Research Methods for Health Communicators
  • MET HC 761 Advanced Writing for Health Communicators

With advisor approval, students may replace up to two eligible courses (MET HC 755, MET HC 756, MET HC 757, MET HC 758, MET HC 760) with up to two of the following Visual & Digital Health Communication courses:

  • MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age
  • MET HC 763 Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Health Communicators

Students who wish to complete the Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication as well as the Master of Science in Health Communication must take all 12 courses listed above to receive both credentials.