Health Communication is an emerging specialty in the field of communication. This graduate program is designed to provide a broad introduction to human communication in a health-care context. Career opportunities in this area include public health leaders, practitioners, and researchers who design, evaluate, and disseminate health communication messages for private and governmental organizations, advertising, public relations and marketing agencies, and journalists. Students will explore the roles of patients and caregivers, social and cultural issues, communication in health organizations, and the role of mass media. Two programs are offered. The thesis track emphasizes student development of research skills under faculty supervision (30 credit hours). The non-thesis track emphasizes a theoretical foundation based on application of communication courses (36 credit hours).

Curriculum Requirements - Thesis Program

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 3 - 5 of the following:9-15
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Survey Of Health Communication
Culture And Health
Organizations, Communication Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Thesis
Outside Electives 10-6
COM 810Master's Thesis1-6
Total Credit Hours30
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A maximum of 6 credit hours thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.

Curriculum Requirements - Non-Thesis Program

Required Communication Core
COM 601Theories of Communication3
COM 602Methods of Communication Research3
COM 603Qualitative Research Methodologies3
Communication Electives
Select 6 - 9 of the following:18-27
Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
Seminar in Persuasive Communication
Survey Of Health Communication
Culture And Health
Organizations, Communication Health
Risk Communication
Health Communication Interventions
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Communication Studies Practicum
Advanced Special Topics in Communication Studies
Advanced Projects and Directed Research
Outside Electives 10-9
Total Credit Hours36
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 A maximum of 9 credit hours non-thesis track may come from outside the Department of Communication Studies (COS or COM Courses). Elective credits must be chosen with prior approval from a Communication Studies advisor.