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 are designed to be consistent with existing department requirements. These requirements are as follows:
- Students must be an undergraduate and have sophomore status.
- Students must have completed 45 hours of coursework.
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.25.
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