Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication
The Health and Risk Communication M.A. program is designed to educate students in both the theory and practice of health communication. Specifically, students learn to design, write, implement and evaluate evidence-based health communication materials to prevent and address health problems in our society.
Whether students have an interest in health and risk communication research or practice, the HRC M.A. program has something to offer with a thesis track or an examination track. With 8 to 15 elective credits included in the course requirements depending on the track chosen, students are able to shape the program to fit their interests. Past students have come from diverse educational backgrounds including communication, health and nutrition, kinesiology, psychology, epidemiology and nursing. Such a diverse and interdisciplinary program allows for students to gain a well-rounded perspective on the overall role of health and risk communication across a number of fields.
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This Linked B.A.-M.A. in Health and Risk Communication program is designed for students who want to pair their undergraduate majors in ComArtSci with their interests in health promotion, health education, prevention and health and risk communication related issues.
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Questions? Additional information about the Masters in Health and Risk Communication Program may be obtained from:
Director of the Health and Risk Communication Masters
Academic Programs Coordinator
404 Wilson Rd., 472 ComArtSci
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Advertising + Public Relations
Dr. Holtz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and the Director of the Health and Risk Communication Masters Program
Dr. Maria Lapinski is joint-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at Michigan State University (MSU).
Professor Thorson joined the College of Communication Arts faculty at MSU in fall, 2016. Prior, she was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, and Research Director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Thorson holds the Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and attended undergraduate school at Macalester College.