Health Communication Online Master's (HCOM) Program

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100% Online
Asynchronous and group-paced.
Learn from anywhere at anytime.

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Complete in 2 years
Over 80% of graduates report new jobs and promotions.

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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.

Is Health Communication right for me? There can be an overwhelming number of choices when you're looking at healthcare degrees. From Masters in Public Health, to Masters in Health Administration, to Health information Management, to an MBA in Healthcare Management—it's hard to know which program is right for you.

The Masters in Health Communication is unique in that our coursework can be applied to hundreds of careers in healthcare. Flexible assignments allow you to study topics that are immediately relevant to your lives and professional goals. Our degree is also designed for working professionals, allowing you to complete your degree in less than two years without interrupting your career. You'll receive the quality of a top-10 nationally ranked University of Illinois education with the convenience of online and asynchronous learning. Our students are immediately part of a network of expert faculty, fellow students, alumni, and advisors who will support you as you grow or transition your career.
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
  • Leader and innovator in online education
  • AstraZeneca
  • Department of Veteran Affairs

Check out our certificate programs

Do you want to build your skills and expertise in Health Communication, but you're not ready to pursue a master's degree program at this time? We offer four 12-credit-hour certificate programs, which take on average, one year to complete. Choose your own courses from the HCOM curriculum and design a schedule that works for you. And all certificate credits can be transferred to the HCOM program should you choose to pursue a master's degree in the future. Learn more about our certificate programs:


General Health Communication (CHC)


Community and Health Promotion (CHP)


Patient Care Communication (CPC)


Community and Health Management (CHM)

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