B.S. in Health Communication
The online B.S. in Health Communication degree program is designed for students who want to work with health campaigns. Health communication is an applied degree designed to prepare practitioners and future civic leaders with the knowledge necessary to strengthen programs and policies in the public health environment.
Course work in the health communication major prepares students for careers in hospital administration, health care promotion and assessment, media relations and non-profit service administration, corporate and community fitness programs, and recovery programs. The course work emphasizes written and oral communication skills and prepares students to communicate in meaningful and effective ways. This program of study is also beneficial for students in health-related fields like nursing and pharmacy or for students who want to work in health-service operations like nursing homes and hospitals.
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If you are interested in a complementary graduate program, consider our online M.S. in Speech Communication or online M.S. in Mass Communication.
"I love the online class and its convenience for me! I learned a lot about Health Communication and would have even thought about switching my major or minoring in it after taking this course!"
- Moriah, Grand Forks, ND
COMM 380, Health Communication
Sample Plan of Study
Students must complete the pre-communication program with a grade of "B" or above to become a health communication major.
- Pre-communication courses (21 CREDITS)
Required Core Courses:
- COMM 320 Communication Analysis (3 CREDITS)
COMM 301 Rhetorical Traditions (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 321 Introduction to Communication Theory (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 489 Communication Capstone (3 CREDITS)
- PSYC/SOC 214 Social Interaction (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 480 Health Communication II (Capstone) (3 CREDITS)
Professional Specialization Courses:
- COMM 318 Argumentation & Advocacy (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 381 Patient - Provider Communication (3 CREDITS)
- COMM 450 Special Issues Course (limit 3 CREDITS)
Applied Health core classes (12 CREDITS)
Students are required to take 12 credits in Applied Health areas. Consult with your advisor on elective options.
- Additional electives (25 CREDITS)
- AH&SS College requirements (12 CREDITS)
- General education requirements (40 CREDITS)
Total Credits: 122 minimum
Apply for admission
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NDSU Department of Communication
NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
NDSU Office of Admission