Health Communication

The Communication Department, in collaboration with other WSU departments, offers a graduate certificate program in health communication. The program is designed to provide research-based professional study for graduate students in communication, public health, nursing, sociology, social work, and other health or health-related disciplines, as well as professionals practicing in the interdisciplinary field of health and health services, such as nurses, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, pharmacists, and doctors.

The Certificate allows maximum six credits to count toward both the Certificate and a relevant MA in the department when a student is enrolled in both the G.C. and M.A. programs concurrently. Transfer of credit from other institutions may not be applied toward the credits required for the certificate.

If you need to print out the requirements for this concentration, here is a pdf version (current as of 2018).

One required course:

  • COM 6180: Principles of Health Communication (3 cr)

Two courses from the following:

  • COM 5130: Communication and Social Marketing Campaigns (3 cr)
  • COM 7010: Special Topics (3 cr; Max. 3)
  • COM 7150: Micro-Level Organizational Communication (3 cr)
  • COM 7170: Health Communication (3 cr)

One course from the following:

  • ANT 5400: Anthropology of Health and Illness (3 cr)
  • COM 6190: Internship (3 cr; Max 3)
  • FPH 7320: Social Basis of Health Care (3 cr)