Health Communication Minor

Parent Entity: 
Liberal Arts, College of » Communication
Program Type: 
Minor
Degree Type: 
Non-Degree

Program Description:

The study of Health Communication can contribute to health promotion in areas such as patient-family communication, health message and campaigns, health in mass media, public health, and technology and health.  This minor is grounded in a curriculum of theory, research, and application, addressing health issues across the spectrum of interpersonal, cultural, organizational, public relations, and mass-mediated contexts.  The Health Communication minor is designed to be a program for students from a wide variety of majors who may seek careers within health fields.

Specific objects for students in this program include:

  • To learn theories, research, and practices of health communication
  • To learn and apply strategies that can develop and improve communication among colleagues, peers, patients, and family members/caregivers in diverse contexts of healthcare
  • To understand and explain the origins, development, and varied nature of health communication as it relates to interpersonal, familial, community, and public perspectives
  • To examine a variety of factors that influence health, including technology, culture, education, and public policy

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements are designed to be consistent with existing department requirements.  These requirements are as follows:

  1. Students must be an undergraduate and have sophomore status.
  2. Students must have completed 45 hours of coursework.
  3. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Student Performance:

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Admission Process:

Submit Major/Minor Change Request form online in WINGS Express.  (Select the "Registration and Records" menu and then the "Major/Minor Change Request" option.)

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