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.

Students with a major in Communication Studies or the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film may not declare an additional major in Health Communication.


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
STA 261Statistics4
STC 262Research Methods3
Ethics Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics
Introductory Communication Course
Select one of the following:3
Theories of Communication
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Additional Writing or Technological Course
Select one of the following:3
Computer-mediated Communication and Social Media
Integrative Writing in Global Contexts
Advanced Spreadsheets and Analytics
Agile Launchpad I
Health Information Technology I
Medical Writing
Rhetorical Strategies for Writers
Professional Communication & Digital Rhetoric
Grant and Proposal Writing
Intercultural Competence Course
Select one of the following:3
Global Cultural Diversity
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
Science and Medicine in Public Communication
Medical Terminology
Medical Ethics
Medical Sociology
The Sociology of Mental Disorders
Advanced Electives
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Methods of Rhetorical Criticism
Communication in Conflict Management
Political Communication
Topics in Applied Communication
Senior Seminar in Applied Media Analysis
Total Credit Hours40