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Health Communication (MA)
Health Communication (MA)

Make a difference for patients and providers

With a master’s in Health Communication, you’ll bring clarity and understanding to complex, critical health care issues for consumers, providers and organizations. You'll apply communication theory, research and practice to the specific needs of the health care industry.

A master’s in Health Communication will prepare you for a career in

  • health care administration
  • communications and media relations
  • mid-level management
  • patient and consumer affairs advocacy

The program is typically completed in two years. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop Campus.

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Leverage our location in the heart of Chicago

Build your professional portfolio with projects that stem from our strong connections to health care organizations in Chicago. Our students and graduates have interned for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, CommunityHealth and Rush University Medical Center, as well as numerous hospitals and medical centers across the country.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter: February 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, essay questions, writing sample, letters of recommendation, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take three core courses, one methods course and eight electives. Complete your degree with a comprehensive exam.

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of 2017 Health Communication MA graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

Learn from health communication leaders

Gain a global perspective on the practice from faculty like Professor Elissa Foster. Her research focuses on health communication and interpersonal relationships with special interests in end-of-life and beginning-of-life communication. As a citizen of Australia, she brings her international perspective into the classroom to help students better understand the dynamics of health care around the world.

"I've been able to incorporate what I learned at DePaul into my current position seamlessly as I work with physicians and health care professionals at all levels—from administration to advocacy and policy. Having an understanding of the various dimensions of health care has helped me find the bigger picture."

Nathan (MA ‘17)
Community Engagement Coordinator, American Medical Association

Nathan, Health Communication MA alum 

Alumni Network

Graduates of the master's in Healthcare Communication work in a range of positions in health-related institutions both nationally and internationally, including American Academy of Pediatrics, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital and Lifespan Health System.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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