Health Communication

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Health communication is the study and practice of using “communication strategies to inform and influence individual health related decisions that enhance health” (CDC). Ultimately, the goal of health communication is to improve quality of life and public health. Understanding the role of communication in influencing individual health decisions and overall health outcomes is a crucial skill that prepares you for a variety of careers. Grounded in an integrative understanding of the relationship between theory and praxis, the program emphasizes human identity and diversity, quantitative and qualitative research competency, 21st century communication skills, and public advocacy.

What classes would I take?

At Miami, students majoring in Health Communication must complete a core set of classes and then have the opportunity to select additional classes in introductory communication, additional writing/technology, intercultural competence, health electives and advanced electives. Students will take classes grounded in both communication theory and practice, with many of the required classes being offered online. In addition to core courses in applied communication, students will take courses in English, Statistics, and Nursing with the option to customize curricular options.

B.S. Health Communication Curriculum

What can I do with this major?

As a health communication graduate, you could pursue a career as a community health campaign worker, patient advocate, peer health promoter, public relations and health communication specialist within hospitals and other medical organizations, or you could pursue graduate study in communication, public health, or related disciplines.

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

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Leadership

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