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Health Communication
Health Communication
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Solve problems, help patients, improve policies and be a communications expert for the health care sector.

Health care organizations play active social and political roles when responding to national health issues, society needs, and policy changes. This creates demand for effective communication both externally for health care consumers, and internally for health care providers and organizations. With a graduate degree in Health Communication, you’ll enter the workforce with the advanced skills to critically assess and address aspects of the health care system that prevent the delivery of high-quality care.

Courses in the program include topics such as

  • health care literacy
  • family and community communication
  • LGBT health care issues
  • advance care planning
  • patient advocacy
  • assessment and intervention
  • managerial and administrative communication
  • community action

“The master’s in Health Communication program allowed me to think about change from the perspective of others. I understood that communicating about health can have healing functions for many people, regardless if they communicate through writing, listening, speaking, drawing, painting, or any other way. Step-by-step I achieved what I was striving for, and now I have a job that demands that passion, enthusiasm and commitment to improve health.”

Christina (MA, ’17)
Adviser, Health Ministry, Mexico City