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Master of Science in Health Communication

A degree for professionals in healthcare seeking career advancement through expertise in health communication. The HCOM program equips students with the latest theory and research methods to better solve problems in healthcare. Students bring real-world experience to discussions about the role of communication in national and global health issues. HCOM focuses on theoretical and practical knowledge of public advocacy and the critical capacity to evaluate face-to-face and mediated health information. This degree offers new insight and a competitive edge for any health-related career.

Delivery Method


Admission Requirements

  • https://hcom.illinois.edu/

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Personal statement

  • Current resume

  • TOEFL scores for international students

Transfer Policy

Up to 4 transfer credits or up to 12 non-degree credits may be counted towards the degree.

Special Characteristics

The HCOM program offers a unique group-paced yet asynchronous online learning environment. All assignments and coursework can be completed individually at the student's convenience. A full time academic advisor is available to answer questions, consult with prospective and current students, help navigate any administrative hurdles, and advocate for students throughout the program. HCOM is a student-centered program with highly motivated and engaged students achieving both professional and academic goals. HCOM has a 95% degree completion rate among admitted students.