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Health Communication Major

Health Communication is an exciting and emerging field of interest and interdisciplinary study. The communication is critical and complex, and effectiveness is needed in a variety of contexts. Public health campaigns, client-provider interactions, cultural constructions of health and illness, telemedicine, health journalism, environmental risk, and community-based health organizations are just a few of the contexts, and there is a growing need for non-allied health communication professionals.

One of the unique characteristics of the Bethany student body is the desire to serve. This desire makes health communication an exciting opportunity for our students. They will have an opportunity to grow in a field that uses the principles of communication to address health care issues in a variety of contexts.

Program Goal

Introduce the role of communication in creating healthy individuals and social structures from a non-medical perspective.  

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the role of communication in shaping health care messages and public acceptance of these messages.
  2. Interpret the development and use of health related messages and media in a variety of contexts.
  3. Develop goals and strategies of health promotion as it relates to pathways in administration, public policy, public health campaign, health education, and/or health advocacy.
Core Requirements 

Required courses:

Health Communication Track (choose one)

For students interested in areas, but not limited to:

Health Care Administration and Public Policy Track

For students interested in areas, but not limited to:

Public Health Campaigns Track

For students interested in areas, but not limited to:

Counseling/Social Work Track

For students interested in areas, but not limited to:

Sociology and Public Service Track

To view the most recent course list and requirements for the Health Communications major, please consult the Academic Catalog.

Do you see Health Communication in your future? We’d love to hear from you! Learn more about becoming a Bethany student, or schedule your campus visit today!

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