Health Communication Concentration

Bring Clear Communication to a Complex Industry

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Improve Patient Care and Outcomes

Prepare concise, powerful communication to the increasingly complex healthcare industry, where stakes are high, lives may be at risk, and good communication can make the difference. You’ll improve interaction with teams both inside and outside your organization, as well as industry stakeholders, care providers, government agencies, and patients.

Gain Career-Ready Skills

The Health Communication concentration is comprised of 9 credits over 3 courses. By the end of the program you understand specifically how to:

  • Identify relevant theories and principles of leadership, organizational communication and data-informed communications planning in a healthcare setting
  • Understand how communication can increase team productivity
  • Develop comprehensive internal and external healthcare communications plans
  • Construct a communications plan to achieve a leadership position in a marketplace
  • Advise peers and colleagues as they work through their own communication challenges
  • Identify communication strategies to communicate with executives when stakes are high and explain the role of leadership and culture in global strategic communication

Careers in Health Communication

Any organization devoted to health promotion requires solid communicators who can speak simply and clearly about complicated subjects. Overall, healthcare occupations are projected to grow 18 percent by 2026, a rate that's nearly three times the average for all occupations.

The incredible growth rate of the industry amounts to 2.5 million new jobs, mostly due to the baby boomer population living longer, more active lives and requiring healthcare services.1

With a master's in communication focused on health communication, you can tap into this incredible growth without becoming a patient-facing medical professional.

A Health Communications Specialist with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for instance, is focused on planning, managing and evaluating public health communications and campaigns devoted to disease prevention. The average salary for an CDC HSC is $78,113.2

Examples of other companies requiring Health Communications Specialists include3:

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Other government agencies
  • Biotech firms
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Health insurance companies
  • Security companies
  • Healthcare publishers

Concentration Courses

Take these two courses.

Choose a third course.

Learn More About This Program

If you’re curious about how the Health Communication concentration in the online MS in Communications degree from Purdue could further your career goals, call us today at 765-496-0990 or request more information.


1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 April). Healthcare Occupations. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from

2 Glassdoor (n.d.). Center for Disease Control and Prevention Health Communications Specialist Salaries. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from,75.htm.

3 Glassdoor (n.d.). Salary: Health Communications Specialist. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from,32.htm.