Health Communication

Department: Communication

Health Communication is the study of communication as it relates to health professionals and health education. It includes the study of provider-client interaction as well as the diffusion of health information through public health campaigns.

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
BI 190
or
BI 290
Human Biology

Nutrition
3

3


sophomore standing
N

N
 
CM 130 Introduction to Human Communication
 

3

 
S
 
CM 132
or
CM 133
Message Analysis

Mass Media and Society
3

3
 
H

H
CS

CS
CM 200 The Art of Public Speaking
3
 
H
CS
CM 220 Group Communication
3
CM 130
H
CS
CM 230 Interpersonal Communication
3
CM 130
H
CS
CM 340 Intercultural Communication
3
CM 230
HI
 
CM 365 Organizational Communication
3
CM 130, CM 220 & CM 230
HS
CW
CM 400 CP: Communication Philosophy
3
CM 130 & CM 230
H
CS
CA 270 Infectious Disease & Society
3
     
EN 306
or
EN 311
Essay Writing

Professional News & Feature Writing
3

3
EN 110


EN 110
H


H
CW


CW
EN 315
or
EN 271
Technical Writing

Medical Writing

3

3

EN 110

EN 110

H

H

CW

CW

PL 235 Ethics of Health Care
3
 
H
 
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
3
 
S
 
SO 101
or
AN 151

Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Anthropology

3

3

 
S

SI

 

 

PY 321 Health Psychology
3
PY 101
S
 
CM 490/495 Communication Internship
15
Junior/Senior status
H
 

Total credit hours = 63

Recommended Non-POE Courses
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I
3
 
N
 
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II
3
CH 105, minimum grade C
N
 
BI 305
or
ND.SS 214
Biostatistics

Statistics for Social Sciences
4

4
BI 106 or ESS 100
N

S
QS

QS
HS 211 The Social History of Medicine
3
 
CA or HI
 

Study Abroad with courses that will strengthen your professional interests in such areas as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Business and Economics, Sociology/Social Work, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and /or Philosophy.

Additional Notes: All students with this POE must choose an advisor from the Communication Department. Professors Grace Fala is recommended.

Most graduate assistants in this field require a 3.3 or higher GPA and GRE scores of at least 500 in each subcategory to be competitive for assistantships.

Related Internships And Careers
Internship examples from former Juniata Students
  • Healing Hands Physical Therapy, Piscataway, NJ
  • JC Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, PA
  • Morrison’s Cove, Martinsburg, PA
  • Rehabilitation Hospital, Altoona, PA
  • Tyrone Hospital, Tyrone, PA
  • WIC Program, Mount Union, PA
Careers in Health Communication
  • Health Educator
  • School Health Care Administrator
  • Medical Grants Writer
  • Hospital Director of Communication
  • Clinic Public Relations Director
  • Health Communication Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Medical Training Supervisor
  • Communication Manager for Federal Health Agencies
  • Health Personnel Educator
  • Medical Center Publications Editor
  • Hospice Manager
  • Drug Rehabilitationist
  • Health Care Counselor
  • Activities Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Health Facility Fund Raiser
  • Pharmaceutical Sales/Marketing
Related subjects in Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Interviewing
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Research Methods
  • Group Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Relations
  • Listening & Communication Ethics
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Persuasion