Health communication plays an important role in shaping public opinion and influencing health behavior. This concentration prepares health professionals to develop, implement, and evaluate health information for diverse audiences in a variety of settings through a multidisciplinary approach. Students learn about communication theory, techniques, technologies, and channels; and, through instruction in relevant aspects of health, communications, education, public relations, and instructional design, they learn how to design various forms of communication.
The Health Communication concentration focuses on achieving positive outcomes in health promotion and healthcare delivery by helping students identify, evaluate, and apply various forms of communication in specific settings. You can:
- Understand how to use media planning and modeling tools to develop a media strategy and plan for health communication.
- Discover the best communication tools and approaches for delivering health information.
- Analyze how communication occurs among individuals and between organizations and discuss how ethical, cultural, and management issues affect communication.
- Learn how to use media planning tools to support health communication and public relations initiatives and strategies.
- Learn how and when to use new media tools, such as blogs, podcasts, and social networks, to optimize your communication plan.
The Health Communication concentration is a great choice if you are pursuing a career as a health communication specialist within the fields of health journalism, new media, public relations, or allied health.
Degree Completion Requirements
- 181 total quarter credits
- General education courses (46 cr.)*
- Core courses (55 cr.)
- Concentration courses (30 cr.)
- Elective courses (45 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.
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First Term Course
And choose an additional three from the following:
Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.