Graduate Degrees

Health Communication

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Health Communication Online Master of Science provides techniques for developing effective health communication strategies. Recognizing that many health problems could be avoided if people were more informed, HCOM teaches how to change unhealthy behavior using strategic communication. The program is asynchronous and offered 100% online, providing a comprehensive understanding of health communication and also allows students to specialize in areas most relevant to their careers. These specializations include interpersonal, family, organizational, socially mediated and cultural communication. These specializations appeal to workers in medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, public health, healthcare administration and patient advocacy.  

HCOM is designed to accommodate the lifestyle of working professionals, enabling students to advance their expertise without sacrificing work or home life. Although the majority of HCOM students balance class with work, HCOM still boasts a 95% graduation rate.

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 Fall2018: June 1, 2018

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