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Health Communication

Health communication, the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual decisions that enhance health, means having a wide variety of strategies at your disposal. In today's digital environment, those strategies often involve text, visuals, and technologies.

The curriculum emphasizes the theory and practice of communication processes, paying particular attention to audience and purpose to ensure that communication can be used and acted upon. The innovative approach of merging professional writing with communication ensures that students will develop cross-genre skills in media rich technologies (such as web content development and design and usability testing), while also working at honing their writing, communication, and research skills.

The program is designed for full and part-time students, including

  • recent graduates of BA or BS programs in English, communication, graphics, the sciences, and other fields
  • working professionals turning to part-time graduate study to enhance their careers, improve their chances for promotion, or become credentialed in a different field. (Students have included recent college graduates to recent retirees.)

With the health communication certificate, students will have the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to work in a number of communication related positions in most health care organizations.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


P O Box 210069
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Lisa Meloncon
Phone: 513-556-3430

Career Possibilities

An emphasis in health communication will allow you to position yourself as a communication problem solver for most any type of organization in the health care industry. Some potential job titles include:

  • Health educators
  • Medical and health services managers
  • Web developers at health organizations
  • Health information specialists
  • Communication managers
  • Technical writers
  • Promotions and marketing managers
  • Communication specialist in patient services
  • Health communication specialist
  • Medical writer
  • Senior patient advocate

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The 14 credit hour certificate can be completed in one year. Curriculum includes:

  • a two credit online introductory course
  • one theory course
  • one technology course
  • two other courses, one from Communication and one from Professional Writing


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UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Only program in the country that combines the writing and communication perspectives from nationally recognized faculty in Communication and Professional Writing. Strong job market locally. Curriculum merges theory and practice and offers opportunities for experiential, problem-based learning.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.