Education & Social Sciences

Communication Studies

Health Communication

In line with Manchester University’s mission of “respect[ing] the infinite worth of every individual,” you, as a MU health communication student, will learn how to share health information that can deeply impact communities, and collectively work with others to empower people and organizations to advocate for a better quality of life for all.

Health Communication enhances the importance of communication in our health care system and beyond. As health communicators we create, disseminate and analyze health messages about disease awareness and prevention, medical treatment and healthy living through community outreach programs, campaigns, printed material and the Internet. Health communicators also work to establish a collective synergy with our health care providers by providing information that leads to better patient-provider relationships, accurate representation of disease in the media and the development and incorporation of mobile health applications to the general public. Through Manchester University’s mission, our students continue to grow and “lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”
Careers in Health Communication

Our students build skills to be competitive in the field of health and make a difference in people’s lives.  Through these skills, you can look forward to careers in:

• Health Literacy 
• Medical Writing
• Consulting
• Hospital Education Departments
• Teaching Medical Professionals and General Public
• Public Relations
• Marketing
• Human Resources
• Patient Satisfaction and Patient Advocacy Programs
• Health Care Administration
• Media Organizations
• Nonprofit Organizations 
• Public Policy and Research
Why Manchester?
The Health Communication major is grounded on teaching you the necessary skills to lead a productive and engaging life by helping others learn about health. Through the health communication coursework, you are exposed to a deeper understanding of the use of service-learning and innovative and creative methods of sharing information with different populations and demographics. Along with a culture-centered approach, you learn the dynamic nature of culture, which helps reach underrepresented populations. Not only that, but through our service-learning projects, we open and engage in dialogue, and understand and appreciate different perspectives of how health is viewed. By keeping true to Manchester University’s mission to graduate “persons of ability and conviction,” you become leaders in making sure health and health care information is accessible to all.
Courses in Health Communication
220 Introduction to Health Communication: Examines the ways communication shapes health and health practices. Topics may include: patient-provider communication, organizational communication in health contexts, communication in community health education, information technologies in health communication and communication training for health care professionals. Students come away with a broad understanding of the implications of health communication on self and society.