Health Communications

Master of Science

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Program Overview

Drawing on our academic excellence in the fields of communication and public health, Agnes Scott College now offers a fully online Master of Science in Health Communications.

Health providers, administrators, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners must all be able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences to inform, promote and create behavioral and social change in health.

Through online or hybrid instruction, that blends online and in-person learning, our health communications graduate program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate theory-based health communication efforts in diverse settings. Students learn to employ a wide variety of traditional and emerging digital media, and to tailor their communication messages and methods to particular audiences and contexts.

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What You'll Learn

Coursework in the program emphasizes the importance of engaging communities in the process of developing education, advocacy and behavior change strategies to address their most pressing health priorities. Students completing the Master of Science in Health Communications will be able to:

  • Analyze, synthesize, and interpret health and scientific information
  • Apply social and behavioral theories in the planning and evaluation of health communication campaigns
  • Evaluate the value, significance and appropriateness of traditional and emerging digital media for health communications practice
  • Employ a variety of communications methods and media to communicate information, influence behaviors and affect socio-political change related to health
  • Design needs assessments, logic models, evaluation plans and data collection tools to evaluate health communication interventions

Program Highlights

Grant Opportunities

Students who apply to our Master of Science in Health Communications program will automatically be considered for a competitive grant. No additional application is necessary.

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Community Connections

Students in this program benefit from the strong community connections that Agnes Scott faculty, staff and alumni have to local healthcare and public health organizations in the metro Atlanta area.

Program Delivery Format: Online & Hybrid

Tailor your learning experience to meet your needs. Complete our Health Communications program either fully online or as a blend of online, hybrid or in-person instruction.

After just 11-classes, completed in as little as 18-months, you can earn your Master of Science in Health Communications.

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Meet the Faculty

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Carlee A. Bishop

Director of Technology Leadership and Management, Professor of Physics/Chair Physics and Astronomy

Mina Ivanova

Director of Writing and Digital Communication

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Wendy Kallina

Director of Data Analysis and Communication, Director of Data Visualization, and Director of Evaluation and Assessment Methods

Amy Patterson

Amy E. Patterson

Associate Professor/Chair of Public Health

Nell Ruby

Professor of Art/Chair of Art and Art History

Careers in Health Communications

Healthcare occupations are projected to grow at a faster than average rate of 15% from 2019 to 2029.*

A growing industry means there will be an increase in demand for communicators who can interpret health and scientific information for the public, and who can understand the social and behavioral theories to strategize health communications campaigns.

If you are currently a professional working in healthcare administration, or aspire to be one, consider learning more about our Master of Science in Health Communications today.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Health Advocate
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Public Health Practitioner

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