Health Communication- Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication

For information contact the Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies at or 513-785-3055.

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. 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. 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. In addition to core courses in Applied Communication, students will take courses in English, Statistics, and Nursing with the option to customize curricular options.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements
APC 201Introduction to Health and Risk Communication3
APC 363Advanced Methods in Applied Communication3
APC 401Applied Communication Capstone3
ENG 313Technical Writing3
NSG 321U. S. Health Care System and Culture3
PHL 131Introduction to Ethics3
STA 261Statistics4
STC 262Empirical Research Methods3
Introductory Communication Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Theories of Communication
Introduction to Strategic Communication and Public Relations
Additional Writing or Technological Course
Select one of the following:3
Integrative Writing in Global Contexts
Advanced Spreadsheets and Analytics
Agile Launchpad I
Health Information Technology I
Emerging Digital Technologies for Business
Social Media and Career Development
Medical Writing
Rhetorical Strategies for Writers
Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds
Grant and Proposal Writing
Reporting and News Writing I
Intercultural Competence Course
Select one of the following:3
Peoples of the World
Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
Global and Strategic Issues in Information Technology
Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Strength Through Cultural Diversity
Intercultural Communication
Health Electives
Select one of the following:3
Medical Terminology
Medical Ethics
Medical Sociology
The Sociology of Mental Disorders
Women's Health Care: Problems and Practices
Advanced Electives
Select one of the following:3
Communication in Conflict Management
Political Communication
Mass Media Criticism
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Total Credit Hours40