B/MS in Health Communication Dual Degree Program

Welcome to the age of health communication!

Health communication is the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. It links the fields of communication and health and is increasingly recognized as a necessary element of efforts to improve personal and public health.

With the world of information overload we live in today how do hospitals, health departments, non-profit organizations, marketing groups, insurance companies, government agencies and their contractors make sure their message is heard? They rely on health communication specialists. Health communication is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. At Tufts we have been graduating students from our Master of Science program since 1994--longer than any other university.

Our program addresses not only all modes of health communication--from public health campaigns to one-on-one patient-provider dialogue to new media--but also teaches the science behind message creation and behavior change.  Students are taught those theories that ground communication strategies, the research skills necessary to identify target audiences and their needs and the writing and presentation skills to deliver the message. The Applied Learning Experience (ALE) gives students the opportunity to put what they have learned  to use in a field based placement.

The dual degree program allows Tufts undergraduates with an interest in health communication to complete graduate studies at an accelerated pace. After admission to the program students work to complete the required graduate level courses on the Medford campus. Once they have completed these courses and their undergraduate degree they matriculate into the MS program on the Boston Health Sciences campus. Here they will share classes with both recent undergraduates and with professionals advancing their careers. Both degrees may be earned within five years, reducing both time and tuition costs. 

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" I emerged from the program with a capacity to translate complex scientific concepts, communicate effectively with audiences across the health care spectrum and improve health outcomes by increasing access to quality health information."

Diane Randolph, MS '11