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Graduate Certificate in Health Education and Communication

This 15-credit certificate program addresses key competencies in health education and communication, including constructing health education interventions, improving patient-provider communication, building health literacy skills, and creating social media for health awareness and behavioral change.

Through a combination of training and practical experience, you’ll be prepared to thrive in careers in healthcare, health policy, public health, biomedical writing, and other health-related business areas. You will understand the concepts and skills tested on the National Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, build networking connections, and create a portfolio of projects. Courses cost $1,000 per credit and the certificate can be completed in as little as one year.

Health education and communication best practices save lives by conveying vital information, increasing effectiveness of patient-provider interactions, and effectively educating patients and prospective clients. The World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and Dept. of Health and Human Services, as well as many other leading public health and medical authorities have identified health education, communication, and literacy as critical to improving national and international public health and patient care.

What Sets Us Apart?

  1. We are building on best practices in health education and communication while offering extensive skill development in each course to prepare a professional portfolio.
  2. We’ve designed a flexible curriculum with evening and part-time classes for busy professionals. Tailor six elective credits to your career interests and goals.
  3. Our combination of theory and practice makes for meaningful coursework and business connections.
  4. A multidisciplinary approach helps you gain practical experience with health education and communication, empowering you to be an integral member of healthcare delivery teams.

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Pamela Z. Poe, PhD, MPH, CHES

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