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Master of Science in
Healthcare Communication (32 hours)

Students in the M.S. in Healthcare Communication program learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate modern engagement programs related to healthcare.  Students learn to manage health-related communication in both public and private sectors, to create and evaluate effective public information campaigns, to manage risks and avoid crises, and to create messaging to impact health-related behavior in their various stakeholder groups.

Upon completion of the M.S. in Healthcare Communication, students will be prepared to:

- apply public relations & marketing principles to practice
- employ strategies & methods to influence and affect organizational change
- evaluate the value & significance of media practices in health communication
- practice ethical & socially responsible communication
- articulate the role that communication plays in the health care industry
- interpret & apply research fundamentals in health communication
- analyze, synthesize, & interpret health & scientific information and research
- clearly present health-related information to the public

Students completing the M.S. in Healthcare Communication graduate to work in a variety of professional settings including:

- hospitals
- state and federal government health departments
- non-profit organizations
- health technology companies

Graduate Communication Core Courses (17 hours)

COM 5443 Public Relations (3)
COM 5449 Intercultural Communication (3)
COM 6501 Graduate Writing & Research (3)
COM 6502 Process & Effects of Communication (3)
COM 6520 Communication Ethics & Persuasion (3)
COM 6099 Graduate Portfolio (1)
COM 6599 Convocation Paper (1)

Required Program Courses (15 hours)

COM 5401 Team-Based Communication (3)
HSA 6540 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Administration (3)
HSA 6550 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration (3)
HSA 6551 Healthcare Management (3)
HSA 6571 Healthcare Marketing (3)