Health Communication Online Master's (HCOM) Program

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Asynchronous and group-paced.
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MS in Health Communication

Join a Top-5 nationally ranked Communication department through an online master’s program with a 95% degree completion rate. You can learn from award-winning scholars in the field and network with other professionals in healthcare without compromising your full-time career or personal life. Our classes are asynchronous for convenience; group paced for community and connection. Learn more about this 32-credit degree program that can be completed in just 2 years.

We Make an Online Learning Experience Personal

Online education is often considered impersonal, but the HCOM program puts the student experience at the highest priority. Students receive one-on-one guidance and mentoring from all professors throughout the program, participate in continuous discussion with other HCOM students, and build a relationship with an academic advisor who is available 24/7 to answer questions and provide support. Email or call Dr. Lauren Weiner (; 224-484-0425) and find out what makes HCOM unique and tailored to each individual student's needs.

What are the requirements for admission?

  • The HCOM program is flexible, and our application requirements are as well.
  • While a bachelor's degree is required, your degree can be in any discipline.
  • For those with a GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, GRE test scores are required.

How do I apply?

  • For Fall admission, applications are due by August 15.
  • For Spring admission, applications are due by January 1.
  • Visit the Graduate College's application page, review the information, and select the "Apply Now" button.

Where do students from this program get jobs?

  • Mayo Clinic
  • The American Medical Association
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  • AstraZeneca
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
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Learn more about HCOM in this video.

Faculty and students talk about what sets the top-ranked Health
Communication Online Master's program at the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign apart from its competition.