Online Health Communication

Online Health Communication

Heath communication is a growing field. The online health communication area is designed for professionals in several fields who desire to become more knowledgeable about health topics and communication practices. It’s designed for individuals in health sciences, health care facility administration as well as communication practitioners.

While the program core courses and capstone listed below are required, students in the program are free to choose from several health communication courses in order to best meet their professional goals:

Program Core: 10-12 Credits

  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8070 Professional Seminar (1-3 Credits). Can be repeated; attendance for one one-credit on campus section is required; participation in the complementary two-hour online section is encouraged.

Health Communication Courses: 15-18 Credits

  • JOURN 7000 Communications Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7256 Public Relations (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7268 Strategic Communication Practicum (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8018 Strategic Communication Research (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8020 Principles & Tools of Strategic Communication (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8042 Health News and Promotion (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8056 Theories of Mass Communication (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8058 Communication in Media Organizations (3 Credits)
  • A new course in current issues in health communication, to be proposed in the next year.

Outside of Journalism Options: With approval, we would allow students to include up to six hours in Public Health, Public Affairs, and/or Nursing to count towards the program. Please contact Kathy Appuhn-Hodges for more information.

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

  • Professional Project: JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)


  • Thesis: JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

Total for Graduation: 37 Credits