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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 Health Communication graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Learn from Health Communication thought leaders

In this program, you’ll take classes with experienced researchers like Dr. Elissa Foster, who has studied communication in clinical settings like emergency medicine, hospice, and inpatient medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Foster’s research areas have focused on difficult conversations and personal narrative; her 2007 book, “Communicating at the End of Life,” won the National Communication Association’s 2009 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award.

“My degree concentrated on the complete experience of health care from the perspective of providers, patients and administrators. The program was flexible and I took classes outside of my concentration, including a hospitality course in the business school that played a major role in developing my leadership skills. My knowledge of the social determinants of health facilitated my ability to reach our most vulnerable populations like homeless adults and youth. The small class size and guest speakers helped me get my current job, as I was noticed and immediately called in for an interview.”

Zara (MA ’19)

Healthcare Marketing and Communication Analyst, Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness

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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