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Health Communication Minor

The Minor in Health Communication provides foundational competencies in communication with advanced studies and practical strategies for applied work in health-focused fields. Students who complete the minor are prepared to address health communication issues in a variety of careers including patient service, clinic management, population health messaging, and communication for health organizations. 

The minor consists of 18 credits of coursework beyond the prerequisite course, including 12 elective credits with a common health communication focus approved by your minor advisor. 

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Course

Course Number Course Name Credit
CO 101 Introduction to Communication 3 credits

Elective Courses

Choose 12 credits with a common health communication focus approved by your minor advisor. Examples of courses are listed below:

Course Number Course Name Credit
CO 204 Public Speaking 3 credits
CO 320 Relational Communication 3 credits
CO 700
Health Communication and Education 3 credits
CO 711
Health Literacy 3 credits 
CO 720 Behavior Change Communication 3 credits 
CO 730
Health Care Communication 3 credits
CO 740 Social Media for Health 3 credits

One course in research methods or statistical analysis, such as:

Course Number Course Name Credit
OT 650 Applied Research Methods 3 credits
SS 221 and SS 222* Research Design & Statistical Analysis I and II 4 credits each
SS 400 Qualitative Methods in Social Science 3 credits
*SS221/222 requires both courses in sequence. 

Independent Study or Directed Research

Choose one:

Course Number Course Name Credit
CO 399
Independent Study  3 credits
CO 498
Directed Research  3 credits

Requirements & Expectations

  • A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum
  • Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of "C" or better, taken at another accredited institution may be applied to the course
    requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.
  • Interested students should apply to the health communication minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work


Rebecca Contantini, PhD


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