Health Communication

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Majoring in Health Communication prepares students to work in professional health care settings or in health advocacy. Coursework focuses on creating knowledge of health behaviors combined with developing effective communication skills. Graduates are prepared to communicate on behalf of health organizations or work with clients to influence individual and community decisions and promote positive health behaviors.

At Eastern we utilize an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the intersection of strategic communication and health promotion as the foundation for educating individuals and creating healthier and more vibrant communities. Eastern students learn to design, evaluate, and implement health communication programs in a variety of professional settings, including hospitals, nonprofit and community organizations, and government agencies.

The need for health communication specialists continues to grow rapidly in both healthcare and health advocacy settings. Health advocacy professionals and health practitioners need to be ready to effectively communicate about health maintenance, prevention, and wellbeing with diverse populations. The Health Communication major at EIU prepares students to meet these challenges by providing the foundation necessary for them to be successful in such settings.

Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Potential areas to pursue graduate level education: MA and PhD in Communication, Health Studies, Nursing, Ethics, Gerontology, JD for healthcare law, MD

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sees health communication as fundamental to all health-related occupations and is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of the healthcare field. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 of the 30 fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare and health education.  It is impossible to list all of the career opportunities that stem from a B.S. in Health Communication. A small sample of job titles is listed below.

With advanced/ additional degrees, health communication provides an excellent basis for careers in

Professional Development Opportunities

Communication Studies Social Marketing Internship Program

Faculty Listing

Health Communication , Buzzard Hall 2423
Contact Name: Dr. Elizabeth Gill
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