The National Communication Association defines Health Communication as “the study of communication as it relates to health professionals and health education, including the study of provider-client interaction, as well as the diffusion of health information through public health campaigns.”¹ Based on this definition our minor includes both foundational courses required of any student minoring in Health Communication and two options for emphasis in either Health Communication Campaigns or Health Communication Administration.
Students take a total of 21 credits for the minor. The foundational courses in communication theory, methods, biomedical ethics, biology or nutrition, and health communication make up 15 of those credits. The remaining 6 credits are chosen from two groups of courses related to the specific area of focus that the student chooses.
The minor is highly recommended for students who intend to enter into a field related to health care.
Jennifer C. Dunn, PhD
Director, Health Communication minor
Office: Fine Arts 316
¹“What is Communication?” National Communication Association. https://www.natcom.org/discipline/