Health Communication Program

Tufts University's Health Communication Program offers students a full-range of educational opportunities to fit their career goals and provides the skills and knowledge necessary for graduates to assume a range of roles in diverse settings: federal agencies, hospitals, health departments, biotech companies, publishing firms, foundations, and other nonprofits. Students learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs and campaigns; to disseminate health information to diverse audiences; and to develop, formulate and implement health policy initiatives.

A leader in the field, Tufts introduced one of the first master’s degrees in health communication in 1994. The program has since grown to include summer courses, a certificate program, and a B/MS dual degree. Program faculty are communication specialists and public health and medical professionals with diverse experience and interests. They are practitioners and researchers committed to addressing current public health problems and highly accessible mentors dedicated to teaching and guiding students.

Health communication is advancing rapidly with new technologies and media, social marketing, health literacy and culturally competent materials. All of these developments make for an exciting and challenging field.

A quick look at our program

Learn more about our program directly from alumni and faculty.

Summer Institute

Want to keep pace with the latest trends in health communication? Attend one of our three summer courses for professional development.

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Alumni Spotlight

Sara Rattigan speaking with a contractor

Sara Rattigan, MS '09
Health Communication Specialist and Outreach Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health 
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