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Health Communication, Certificate

Arnold School of Public Health
College of Information and Communications

Become an effective advocate for positive change through health communication work in a variety of career settings from local to global. Take our graduate certificate program alone or with another degree.

This 18-hour post-bachelor's degree program is offered as a collaboration among public health and information and communication fields. Strengthen your knowledge in health communication content, research methods and application to gain the ability to influence human behavior through social marketing, health campaigns and health education programming. A GRE score is not required.

Program Highlights

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    Affect Change

    Become an effective advocate for positive change in private, public, local, global, community or organizational settings.

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    Gain Experience

    Complete a field-based practicum or project to demonstrate your mastery of course materials.

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    Expand Horizons

    Study across the disciplines of health promotion, education and behavior plus information science and mass communications.

What You’ll Study

Broaden your skills and expertise on health communication activities while strengthening your understanding of the research the public needs to make healthy life decisions. Courses include applied health communication and health sciences information resources plus a choice of electives in mass communication, strategy or theory. Students complete a practicum or project.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Advocacy

    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

  • PR and Media Relations

    Building and maintaining relationships with the media and public to enhance reputation or visibility

    Interprofessional Collaboration

    Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Social Marketer
  • Health Communicator
  • Health Educator

Workplace Settings

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Business
  • Health Care
  • Government

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