Health Communication Program

Health Communication faculty and graduates at Public Health and Professional Degree Program Awards Dinner

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. We provide a range of options designed to meet the needs of students and working professionals alike; these include a full master's degree program, summer and professional development programs, and a digital health communication online certificate program. 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.

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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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