Health communication refers to the study of communication as it relates to health professionals and health education. This interdisciplinary minor provides foundational courses in communication theory and methods, ethics, and health communication models. This minor then deepens students’ knowledge of health communication in one of two focused areas: health communication campaigns (which relates to the construction, interpretation, and diffusion of health information through public health campaigns) or health communication administration (which focuses on provider-client interactions, such as communication among health care organizations, nurses, doctors, and/or patients).
Students take a total of 21 credits for the minor. The foundational courses in communication theory, methods, biomedical ethics, biology or nutrition, and health communication make up 15 of those credits. The remaining 6 credits are chosen from two groups of courses related to the specific area of focus that the student chooses.
The minor is highly recommended for students who intend to enter into a field related to health care.