The lack of health equity in the U.S. is a pressing social problem. Individuals from underrepresented groups often have worse health outcomes and receive substandard care compared with those from dominant groups. Therefore, professionals who have an expertise in health equity are needed to help improve this problem. Health Communication professionals encompass a wide variety of roles. These include hospital or healthcare communication specialists, grant-writers, advocates and health communicators in nonprofit organizations and government agencies, among others.
Students will learn the skills needed to communicate about health across a variety of contexts, including in patient-provider encounters, health organization settings, and health campaign planning.
Students complete the foundational courses before the intermediate courses. The advanced courses should be taken during a student's final year. Electives may be taken alongside either the intermediate or advanced courses.
This unique health communication track offers a focus in health equity.
- Deliver an effective oral presentation
- Write an effective paper;
- Demonstrate effective critical thinking;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the interactions between communication, health, and social/cultural contexts; and
- Develop communication approaches to enhance health equity.