• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    24
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $349.70
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $930.00

The department of Communication offers a certificate program for those students interested in careers in health communication. Our certificate program addresses the dynamics of health communication from varying perspectives. The core classes in the program focus on a breadth of health communication topics, such as the influence of mass media, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and culture. Our dual track then allows students to further specialize in either an interpersonal/organizational focus or a mass mediated focus, giving them the depth of knowledge needed for a number of health-related careers.To earn the certificate, students will need to complete 15 hours of core classes and 9 hours of specialization in either an interpersonal/organizational health communication track or mass-mediated health communication track, for a total of 24 hours. All students must earn a C or better in all courses applied to the certificate program.

Although the major and/or minor in communication works well with the certificate program, any undergraduate student at UMSL who meets the admission requirements may earn the health communication certificate regardless of their major/minor and anyone outside of the UMSL student body can pursue the certificate as a non-degree seeking student.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools
NOTE: Individuals residing in CA or MA are not able to enroll in this program.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Courses

Core
  • COMM 1150Introduction to Public Relations3 Credits

    Publicity methods and public relations representation of profit and nonprofit institutions to the public; use of communication research and media, as applied to the public relations profession

  • COMM 3360Media & Health Communication3 Credits

    This course explores the processes of health communication campaign design and evaluation. Course topics include health behavior change theories, influence of and use of media in campaigns, and strategic planning for campaigns.

  • COMM 3361Interpersonal Health Communication3 Credits

    The course examines the theories and literature dealing with the role of interpersonal communication in health behavior and health care. It places a special focus on patient-provider communication, social support, and cultural conceptions of illness.

  • COMM 3367Organizational Health Communication3 Credits

    This course examines the theories and literature dealing with the role of organizational communication in health behavior and health care. A service learning project with 15 hours of service is mandatory for the course.

  • COMM 4360Applied Health Communication3 Credits

    Advanced practical work experience emphasizing communication skills within a health organization. Experiences may include organizational and promotional activities, mass communication, public relations, research and writing, strategic communication, or training and development, all with a health communication focus. Internships are off-campus and proposed sites must be approved by the department. Work must be done under supervision of a working professional in the field, and in consultation with a faculty member.

Elective
  • COMM 2232Effective Communication in the Organization: Tools for Leadership3 Credits
  • COMM 3150Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Communication3 Credits

    Course will focus on three specialized areas within public relations: communication methods and infrastructure in relation to large-scale disaster management; organizational crisis communication; and public communication regarding environmental, chemical and other public risk issues.

  • COMM 3352Mass Media in Society3 Credits

    Examination and evaluation of theories and literature concerning media content and its effect on society. Topics include the evidence relating to the effect of entertainment and information media on audiences' behavior and attitudes, the factors that contribute to individual differences in responses to media content, and the ways the organizational structure of the media industries shape the type of content that is produced.

  • COMM 3355Dangerous Messages3 Credits

    This course examines how communication can be used to promote as well as inhibit societal and individual well-being. Topics include alcohol and tobacco, drugs, sexual behavior, and others pertaining to health and risky behaviors. Stereotyping, diversity in media ownership and content, hate speech, and other topics with implications for the health of citizens individually and as a people may also be covered.

  • COMM 3369Special Topics in Health Communication3 Credits

    This course provides an in-depth study of topics pertaining to current research in health communication. It may be repeated for credit once if topic is different.

  • COMM 3369Special Topics in Health Communication3 Credits

    This course provides an in-depth study of topics pertaining to current research in health communication. It may be repeated for credit once if topic is different.

  • COMM 4035Integrated Approaches-Public Relations, Advertising, & Promotion3 Credits

    Overview of how publicity, advertising and other promotional activities can be integrated into a single cohesive communication initiative or program.

  • COMM 4035Integrated Approaches-Public Relations, Advertising, & Promotion3 Credits

    Overview of how publicity, advertising and other promotional activities can be integrated into a single cohesive communication initiative or program.

  • COMM 4100Communication Campaigns3 Credits

    This course focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of mass communication-based information campaigns by integrating research and theory from interpersonal , mass communication, and public relations.

  • COMM 4905Directed Readings in Health Communication3 Credits

    Supervised independent study focused on discipline-relevant content in health communication that expands on concepts and theories presented in health communication courses. May be repeated once for credit.

  • COMM 4905Directed Readings in Health Communication3 Credits

    Supervised independent study focused on discipline-relevant content in health communication that expands on concepts and theories presented in health communication courses. May be repeated once for credit.

  • COMM 4915Supervised Research in Health Communication3 Credits

    Supervised field, laboratory, or survey research experience in the area of health communication. Includes activities such as data collection, literature searches, qualitative or quantitative data analysis, survey or experiment administration, and other research related activities. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours total with consent of department.

  • COMM 4915Supervised Research in Health Communication3 Credits

    Supervised field, laboratory, or survey research experience in the area of health communication. Includes activities such as data collection, literature searches, qualitative or quantitative data analysis, survey or experiment administration, and other research related activities. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours total with consent of department.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $930.00
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $992.30
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2790.00
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $2976.90
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $524.55
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $586.85
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1573.65
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1760.55
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $349.70
  • Fees: $62.30
  • Total: $412.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1049.10
  • Fees: $186.90
  • Total: $1236.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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