Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication Course Details

Students complete core courses in the following areas: Mass Communication and Public Health, Health Communication for Diverse Populations, Research Methods, Health and Science Writing, Media Relations, Introduction to Descriptive and Analytical Epidemiology and a practicum in the field of health communication. Students also choose health-related electives from several departments on campus and complete a thesis or comprehensive exam as the final requirement of this 33 credit program.

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CAS 826: Health Communication for Diverse Populations

3 credits

Theory, research, and practice of communicating with specialized populations in clinical and public health contexts. Emphasis on interpersonal and small-group strategies.

CAS 825: Mass Communication and Public Health

3 credits

Health communication campaigns in domestic and international contexts. Focus on principles of effective communication.

COM 803: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

3 credits

Introduction to quantitative social science research methods and applied analyses for understanding research reports and developing graduate level research projects.

JRN 873: Environment, Science and Health Journalism Seminar

3 credits

Issues in environmental, science and health journalism.

ADV 860: Media Relations

3 credits

Theory and practice of how public relations professionals work with the news media to communicate with external publics.