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Health Communication (MA)
Health Communication (MA)
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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 2019 Health Communication MA graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

Learn from Health Communication thought leaders

In this program, you'll take classes with industry leaders like Jay Baglia, PhD, who is an associate professor within the college of communication. Dr. Baglia has published a variety of book chapters, volumes, essays, and book reviews, and has been been asked to give more than sixty presentations at a variety of academic conferences. His latest presentation discusses the relation between his own infusion chemotherapy and Donna Haraway's cyborg.

"My program has taught me much about theories, frameworks and ways in which external influences such as culture, religion, and so on affect health communication practices at both the provider and patient levels. There are many systems operating within one another at any given time and in remedying some of the areas of health communication that could stand improvement, possessing the right information makes all the difference."

Tishanna Dillard
Health Communication
Alumnus 2019

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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