Health communication is an area of study that examines how different communication methods, strategies and tactics can increase health literacy, motivate healthier behaviors and enhance provider-patient relationships. Public and interpersonal health communication is a complex dynamic process that includes elements such as persuasion, motivation, cultural difference, resistance, misunderstanding, situational contexts and active listening.
Health professionals can improve the quality of public health by strategically adapting messaging for changing social norms, cultural differences and emerging new media technologies to meet the challenges of escalating complexity increasingly essential at all levels. This program invites you to learn the practical, insightful and adaptable knowledge; the communication tools, techniques and technologies; and skills needed to apply what you learn in successful professional careers.
Leverage your master’s-level expertise in a wide range of health communication careers. Or supplement other health professional training with the advanced insights and solutions of effective communication knowledge. For example, health care providers who communicate more effectively and use specialized communication models and methods can work more successfully with their partners in health care delivery as well as to better help those to whom they give care.
Both the Master of Arts in Health Communication and the graduate certificate programs are offered in a virtual online format.
Why Choose Lipscomb University’s Health Communication Graduate Program?
Careers in health communication have a 13% (much faster than average) projected job growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Equipped with the knowledge and strategic insights gained through advanced studies of health communication at Lipscomb, you will graduate well prepared to pursue career opportunities available in many different sectors of society.
These certificate programs are designed to help you harness essential health-related communication skills in a short period of time. In one of these 15-credit-hour graduate certificate programs, you can learn effective strategies for communication of health information in the context of a health care setting, public health or risk management, and among different cultures.
Learn More about the Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate Programs in Health Communication
Are you ready to enter a health care-related communication role or start your career in the growing field of health communication? Earn a master’s degree or a graduate certificate in health communication. Apply today or request information to learn more about Lipscomb’s health communication graduate programs.
Ready to apply to Lipscomb University’s health communication program? Let’s get started. We’re here to help at every step. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and submit the following for admission review and enrollment:
- Completed and submitted online application
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- Official college transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities (including graduate, if applicable)
- Two letters of reference
- Goals statement describing career aspirations
- Interview with faculty (virtually or by phone)
For transcripts, electronic copies can be emailed directly from your undergraduate institution to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having a hard copy mailed, have it sent to:
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
Prior coursework and experience in communication, including advertising, public relations, mass communication or communication social sciences are desirable but not required.
- Priority deadline: June 1 with decisions released on June 10
- Final deadline: August 1
- Priority deadline: November 1 with decisions released on November 10
- Final deadline: December 10
Please note: You may submit your application and required materials prior to the priority deadline; admission decisions and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.
Lipscomb University’s health communication master’s degree program consists of 36 credit hours of study, which students can complete in as little as one year, as well as several graduate certificate programs containing 15 credit hours of courses.
*Completing the Master of Arts in Health Communication program in one year requires full-time study (12 hours) for three consecutive semesters including summer.
Master of Arts in Health Communication Courses
The master’s program courses focus on critical areas including communication between health care providers and patients, health care team collaboration, persuasion in mass communication, epidemiology and risk communication, and crisis and emergency communication.
Students must complete 30 credit hours of foundation requirements and required core courses. In addition, the Master of Arts in Health Communication program includes the option to choose between six hours of credit for a thesis and defense or a non-thesis option that consists of two additional elective courses.
Graduate Certificates in Health Communication Courses
The certificate program courses are designed to help you harness essential health-related communication skills in a short period of time. In one of these 15-credit-hour graduate certificate programs, you can learn effective strategies for communication of health information in the context of a health care setting, public health or risk management, and among different cultures.
Tuition & Aid
Lipscomb University’s world-class education is a smart investment for your future. The health communication program tuition is $1,030* per credit hour. You can also apply for financial aid to reduce your cost of attendance. Learn more about our financial aid options:
*Note: Graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective at the start of the summer term.
Types of Aid
As a graduate student, you are still able to file the FAFSA—and you should! By filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you may be eligible for a number of student loans.