Health Communication

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. 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.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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 855-646-5286.

*Click here for required general education courses by program.

First Term Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HMNT 1001 Course Living and Learning in a Technological World Credits (6 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 1000 Course Concepts of Health Promotion Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 1005 Course Context of Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4200 Course Principles of Epidemiology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4205 Course Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2110 Course Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2115 Course Aging Across the Lifespan Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2120 Course Health Informatics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3100 Course Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3105 Course Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3110 Course Current Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3115 Course Public and Global Health Credits (5 cr.)

Concentration Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COMM 1003 Course Introduction to Mass Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COMM 4001 Course Intercultural Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4380 Course Strategies for Health Communication and Wellness Credits (5 cr.)
And choose an additional three from the following:
Course Code ENGL 2002 Course Professional Writing for Successful Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COMM 2002 Course Fundamentals of Public Speaking Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COMM 2003 Course Writing for the Digital Age Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PREL 3001 Course Principles of Public Relations Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MEDC 4102 Course Emerging Media and Global Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 4000 Course Public Health Education and Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MEDC 3001 Course Communicating Through Media and Technology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MEDC 4101 Course Leveraging Emerging Media for Mass Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code MEDC 4103 Course Emerging Media Design Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PREL 4103 Course Crisis Communications Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSPA 4030 Course Communication for Social Change Credits (5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 4900 Course Capstone Credits (5 cr.)

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, BS 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 six-course minor.

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