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Master of Science in Health Communication

The Master of Science in Health Communication provides students with a solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of effective health communication in a population-based environment, as well as the basic elements of medicine, epidemiology and public health practice. Students learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective health promotion and disease prevention programs and campaigns; to disseminate health information; and to develop, formulate, implement, and advocate for health policy initiatives. The program addresses the full continuum of health communication interactions, ranging from one-on-one, such as patient-provider dialogue, to mass communication. Within the program, a public health approach to communication is emphasized.

Graduates receive the skills and knowledge to assume a range of roles in diverse settings: biotech firms, federal agencies, foundations, health departments, hospitals, non profits and publishing companies. The program places a heavy emphasis on "hands-on" applied learning, with each student expected to complete an advanced level applied learning project in order to graduate. 

Good communication around health-related topics can save money, provide resources, limit health disparities, and keep people safe. - Sara Rattigan, MS-HCOM

Within the past two years, of those participating in the alumni graduation survey, 100% were employed within a year of graduation, with 72% finding their job 0-3 months after graduation.

HCOM Program Director & Staff

Margie Skeer, Sc.D., M.P.H., M.S.W.
Interim Director, Health Communication Program

Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM
Director of Certificate in Digital Health Communication