What Can I Do with a Major in Health Communication?
Health communication is “the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual decisions that enhance health” (CDC). Ultimately, the goal of health communication is to improve individual and community quality of life, and to enhance general public health. Understanding the role of communication in influencing individual health decisions and overall health outcomes is a crucial skill towards improving public health.
Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Oral and Written Communication
- Teamwork and Collaboration
Local Job Statistics
According to Outlook Occupational Handbook, between 2012-2022, employment opportunities for health educators and technical writers are expected to grow 21 percent and 15 percent respectively. According to Ohio Labor Market Information, between 2010 - 2020 employment opportunities for health educators and technical writers are expected to grow 24 percent and 14 percent respectively.
- Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:
- Patient Advocate
- Public and Community Health Adviser
- Technical Writer
- Health Education Professional
- Public Relations and Health Communication Specialist (hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, medical offices, nursing homes, community health centers, psychiatric facilities, government agencies)
- Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas