Health and Risk Communication Certificate

Health and Risk Communication Graduate Certificate

The Health and Risk Communication Graduate Certificate (HRCGC) will make you an expert in the theory and practice of health communication, one of the most pressing topics in today's world.

Our courses will prepare you for working at leading employers in the health sectors, such as:  

Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication Job Opportunities

The certificate is geared towards current graduate students as well as working professionals

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Based in one of the largest colleges of communication in the world, you will master using modern mass communication to inform and influence people about public health - whether in traditional media or via social media channels.

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Our Health and Risk Communication graduate certificate equips you with the skills to bridge the gap between complex medical information and the general public, making you an invaluable asset in the fields of healthcare, public health, and crisis management.

  • Jobs in health communication and risk communication are expected to grow throughout the next decades
  • Work in local, state, or federal health agencies, international and nonprofit organizations, as well as in companies and health startups.


Invest in your future and make a meaningful impact with a Graduate Certificate in Health and Risk Communication!

The HRCGC comprises 9 credits to make you an expert in health and risk communication. Students complete core courses in the following areas:

  • Mass Communication and Public Health (CAS825), 
  • Health Communication for Diverse Populations (CAS826), 
  • One of the following:
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    • 3

As a student in the Health and Risk Communication M.A. program, you will be able to use the resources of MSU

  • a R01 university with top-ranked academic units and a diverse academic community
  • a dedicated Health and Risk Communication Center with over 50 faculty examining all aspects of health and risk communication
  • a beautiful campus and a vibrant area, including with a rich cultural scene, exciting athletics and sports facilities, and a multitude of economic opportunities and entertainment options

Our college is the first communication college in the nation and home to multiple top-ranked communication programs across the globe. 

Becoming a Spartan is to gain entry into one of the largest and most productive groups of alumni networks in the world.

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  • Application Deadline (for fall start): April 1st 
  • More Information: Lisabeth Bylina, Academic Programs Coordinator,, 517-355-3471, 404 Wilson Rd., 472 ComArtSci
    East Lansing, MI 48824


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Ralf Schmaelzle
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Lisabeth Bylina
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404 Wilson Rd., 472 ComArtSci
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212

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