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Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communication

Build trust and inspire good health outcomes

Alda - health round table

Health is about more than individuals.

Health is communal. It's regional. It's societal.

Creating healthy societies means understanding that community's culture and history; building trust; and using empathy and compassion to improve health outcomes.

Earn your health communication graduate certificate 

This 18-credit advanced graduate certificate is offered by the SBU Program in Public Health and the Alda Center for Communicating Science through the School of Communication and Journalism.

The Health Communication program complements ongoing graduate-degree work, or can be completed as a stand-alone credential. It can be completed in as little as one year.

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Required Courses

JRN 565: Communicating your Science

HPH 523: Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health

HPH 551: Practice of Health Communications

HPH 585: Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Sample Elective Courses

JRN 522: Communicating Science to Decision Makers

JRN 534: Communicating your Science using Digital Media

JRN 585: Communicating Science & Health Risks to the Public

HPH 500: Contemporary Issues in Public Health

HPH 552: Planning & Implementing Community Health Initiatives

Admissions Information

Students are admitted to the program on a rolling basis. You may apply to the program throughout the academic year and enroll in the fall, spring or summer terms. 

We encourage you to apply at least a month before the beginning of the term you'd like to start taking classes.

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