Build your health communication skills

This online undergraduate certificate program addresses the dynamics of health communication from varying perspectives. The core classes in the program focus on a breadth of health communication topics, such as the influence of mass media, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and culture.


Program type:

Undergraduate certificate


100% Online

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Health Communication Undergraduate Certificate

Program graduates can work in or advance in a variety of areas including hospitals, nonprofit health organizations, health care organizations, marketing, public relations and communication organizations, research facilities and government agencies.

Some of the job titles a graduate might have in health communication include: Communication consultant, communication director, social media officer, research associate, program coordinator, health care public relations and marketing, health care human resource manager, patient and family advocate, patient educator, public health campaign designer, health care training specialist.


Program structure:

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in one year.

Course work includes:

  • Introduction to health communication 
  • Advanced health communication
  • Professional communication 
  • Crisis, disaster and risk communication
  • Research methods in communication
  • Applied Health Communication


Plan of study

Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the UMSL state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.