The Advanced Certificate in Health Communications

This certificate program is designed to prepare public health workers, health professionals, journalists, and other communications professionals to communicate health-related issues to the public directly or through the press. The certificate is offered jointly by the Program in Public Health and the School of Journalism.

The 18-credit certificate will help graduates qualify for employment in academic settings, research facilities, public health organizations, or health care institutions. Graduates also may serve as health communication experts in media, consulting and public relations settings. Working professionals will gain communication skills that will enhance their skills and help them advance within their fields.

Students must complete the following courses:

  • HPH 585 Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • HPH 500 Contemporary Issues in Public Health (2 credits)
  • HPH 508 Health Systems Performance (3 credits)
  • JRN 500 Communicating Science: Inside the News Media (3 credits)

Each student must complete 6 credits from the following list:

  • JRN 501 Distilling Your Message: Communicating Science (1 credit)
  • JRN 502 Writing to be Understood: Communicating Science (1 credit)
  • JRN 503 Improvisation for Scientists: Communicating Science (1 credit)
  • JRN 504 Using Digital Media: Communicating Science (1 credit)
  • JRN 505 Connecting with the Community: Communicating Science (1 credit)
  • JRN 506 Advanced Writing: Communicating Science (1 credit)
  • JRN 508 Engaging Key Audience: Communicating Science (1 credit) 
  • JRN 509 Presenting Science Unplugged (1 credit)
  • JRN 512 Video Storytelling (1 credit)
  • HPH 551 Intro to Health Communication (3 credits)

Alda Center course offerings

Students can apply to the program throughout the academic year and will be able to matriculate in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. For information about the Advanced Certificate in Health Communications, check out the Program in Public Health or contact:

Joanie Maniaci