The Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication (HRCMA) program 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 and a practicum will prepare you for working at leading employers in the health sectors, such as:
Past students of the HRCMA program have come from diverse educational backgrounds, including communication, psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, kinesiology, nursing, and various specialty fields across the social, health, and life sciences.
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.
In-person (with hybrid options)
2- year program (including a job practicum)
8 to 15 elective credits (includedin the course requirements)
Our Health and Risk Communication M.A. program 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.
> 90% placement rate (>85% into health-related jobs)
The HRCMA comprises 33 credits to make you an expert in health and risk communication. Students complete core courses in the following areas:
Core Courses: Mass Communication and Public Health (CAS825), Health Communication for Diverse Populations (CAS826), Research Methods (COM803), Introductory Epidemiology (EPI810), and Advertising and PR for Health, Science, and the Environment - OR - Environment, Science, and Health Journalism
A practicum in the field of health and risk communication.
Health-related elective courses from several departments on campus
Ralf Schmälzle, Ph.D. (SHMAL-ts-lee, 拉尔夫·舍马尔兹勒) is an Associate Professor of Communication Science in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. His research focuses on brain responses to real-life messages in the domains of health communication and entertainment media. He is cross-trained in communication and psychology, and integrates methods from cognitive neuroscience and AI.
Dr. Holtz's research explores the adoption, perceptions, and outcomes of telemedicine, mobile phone health apps (mhealth), consumer grade sensors (i.e., Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc.), electronic medical records, AI, and social media for health topics.
Fashina (Shina) Aladé is an Assistant Professor of Advertising & Public Relations, and also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of media effects, developmental psychology, and early childhood education, with a focus on young children’s comprehension of and learning from educational media.
Dr. Monique Mitchell Turner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Dean of MPH programs at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
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.
Dr. Hyesun Choung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at MSU. Before taking her current position, she served as a postdoctoral research associate in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Dr. Choung studies the implications of emerging technologies for human behavior and psychology.
Wei Peng is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University. She is affiliated with the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) lab and the Health and Risk Communication Center.
I earned a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Beginning from my master’s thesis, I published in premier journals, including MIS Quarterly, ISR, Communications of the ACM, and ACM Transactions on CHI, which are cited over 1,700 times (as of August 2022, Google Scholar).
Dr. Yoo Jung (Erika) Oh (Ph.D. University of California, Davis) specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) dialogue systems, commonly referred to as "AI chatbots." With an interest in the dynamics of human-AI communication, her research investigates the impact of persuasive AI on human perceptions and behaviors.
Susan McFarlane-Alvarez (PhD, Georgia State University) is a Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University. With three decades of experience spanning academia and the professional advertising and PR industries, Susan has worked as a creative director in Hernandez/Foote, Cone & Belding, then as an independent consultant.
Linked Bachelor's - Master's Degree in Health and Risk Communication
With our Linked B.A.-M.A. in Health and Risk Communication program, students can seamlessly connect from their undergraduate majors in ComArtSci to an advanced degree in health communication, including health promotion, health education, prevention and risk communication.
We understand that money is a key aspect during graduate studies. You can calculate the tuition costs via MSU's current tuition calculator. Although our program does not have the resources to offer dedicated teaching assistantships, we do our best to connect students with fellowship and job opportunities. Fortunately, a large university like MSU does offer many job options:
in our college (e.g. as research assistants in research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH, or the National Science Foundation, NSF),
across MSU (e.g. in the university's health promotion department or with the National Social Norms Center),
or in the Greater Lansing area in various businesses and organizations.
Moreover, multiple options for scholarships exist for qualified applicants.
Here you find all administrative documents in one place. The central resource is our HRCMA handbook, which includes all you need to know about the degree, requirements, tracks, and so forth. Forms are boring but they guarantee a smooth process and we keep them to a minimum. If you have any questions, we're here to help!
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Health has always been a stronghold of communication at MSU. Nearly a third of our ComArtSci faculty are engaged in projects that promote healthy people and a healthy planet. By using new and emerging technologies to promote health behavior change and facilitate decision making, we aim to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Our work includes studying the design and implementations of health and environmental information, ways in which health decision-making happens and how behaviors are adopted. Here are some of the ressources and initiatives our students have access to:
The HRCMA program is part of our college's Health and Risk Communication Center (HRCC); the HRCC which brings together over 50 faculty examining health and risk communication in all facets --- from neurons to nations.
Beyond the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, you can find a multitude of resources related to health communication across MSU, such as in the Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Science, Natural Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Natural Resources.
To prepare our graduates for the job-market, the Health & Risk Communication Masters Program is designed to include a supervised practicum experience. In their practicum, students will will put their theoretical training to practice in their field of interest in a real-world setting.
Whether you're seeking a stimulating academic environment, a thriving job market, or a well-rounded lifestyle, MSU undoubtedly stands out as a remarkable destination:
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