Health Communication Undergraduate Certificate

The Department of Communication and Media offers a certificate program for those students interested in careers in health communication. Our certificate program addresses the dynamics of health communication from varying perspectives. The core classes in the program focus on a breadth of health communication topics, such as the influence of mass media, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and culture. After completing the certificate, students will be able to recognize, analyze, and design effective communication strategies for promoting individual and public health.

The certificate program is comprised of 18 credit hours of coursework, as indicated. All students must earn a C or better in all courses applied to the certificate program. 

Core Course List:

COMM 1369Introduction to Health Communication3
COMM 2235Professional Communication3
COMM 3150Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Communication3
COMM 3330Research Methods in Communication I3
COMM 3368Advanced Health Communication3
COMM 4360Applied Health Communication 13
Total Hours18

For more information on this certificate, please contact the Department of Communication and Media' s Health Communication Certificate Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, certificate earners will be able to:

  • Effectively apply theory and best practices to design messages to enhance health
  • Critically analyze and evaluate health strategies and messages using relevant theory and best practices            
  • Understand the roles of communication and other factors that contribute to and/or alleviate health issues
  • Practice effective, professional communication in a variety of health-related settings