Health Communication


Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication | College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science

What is Health Communication?

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 individual and community quality of life, and to improve 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.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

This new degree is offered through the Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies and may be completed at Miami University’s regional locations, with many of the required courses being offered online. The major allows students to select courses that will help them in their current or future career in the broader health field.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Students in the Health Communication program take a variety of classes that are grounded in both communication theory and practice, with many of the required classes being offered online. The degree emphasizes human identity and diversity, quantitative and qualitative research competency, 21st century communication skills, and public advocacy. In addition to core courses in Applied Communication, students will take courses in English, Statistics, and Nursing with the option to customize curricular options.

What can I do with this major?

With an increasing baby boomer population, new health issues needing attention, and the continuing need for public health campaigns, Health Communication majors will be well situated for employment after graduation. 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.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies
103 Phelps Hall
1601 University Blvd
Miami University Hamilton