Online Graduate Degrees

Health Communication

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Health Communication Online Master of Science (HCOM) program provides a unique perspective and approach to health communication, recognizing that health outcomes depend significantly on communication processes. The HCOM program is asynchronous and offered 100% online with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary mix of health communication specializations including interpersonal, family, organizational, socially mediated, and cultural communication. These specializations appeal to interests in a wide variety of professional healthcare fields, including medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, public health, healthcare administration and patient advocacy. The pace of the program accommodates the lifestyle of the working professional, enabling students to advance their expertise and education without sacrificing work or home life. If you want to learn more, visit our website: www.hcom.illinois.edu, email hcom@illinois.edu or call our academic advisor, Lauren Weiner (224-484-0425). 

Application Deadline for Spring 2018: November 1, 2017

Priority review is given to applications completed before these deadlines, but we accept applications until each cohort is full. Applications submitted after a cohort is full are automatically designated to the next admission cycle at top priority for admission consideration.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 letters of recommendation

  • Official Transcripts

  • TOEFL Score


Program Requirements

  • 32 hrs, at least 28 in Department of Comm

  • Health Communication Research Methods 1 and 2

  • Capstone Project


Deadline for Fall 2017 has passed.