Health Communication Track

Enhancing health care delivery

In addition to developing an understanding of and skills in effective and ethical communication, the health communication track focuses on communication theory and research in the health care context. Specifically, this option is targeted at students who aspire to or currently work for health organizations in various capacities and those who seek to improve their communication skills in the health care delivery process.

Within the health communication track, the primary areas of study include the following:

  • Aging and ethics
  • Communication in health care settings
  • Interpersonal relationships and communication
  • Nonverbal communication and listening
  • Intercultural communication and health
  • Public relations and promotion

For a more detailed outline of the classes required for the health communication track, please view the advising sheet.

Career options

While a degree in communication provides a foundation of knowledge and skills appropriate to a wide range of professions, you will need to consider carefully how you can tailor your broad education to specific jobs and industries. Internships, volunteer experience, elective courses and complementary majors or minors can play a pivotal role in your preparation for various careers.

The health communication track prepares you for careers in the following areas:

  • Care coordinator
  • Community relations
  • Graduate study
  • Health care management
  • Health promotions
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Training and development

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