Graduate Certificates

Health Communication

What is Health Communication?

Health communication, the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual decisions that enhance health, means having a wide variety of strategies at your disposal. In today's digital environment, those strategies often involve text, visuals, and technologies.

The curriculum emphasizes the theory and practice of communication processes, paying particular attention to audience and purpose to ensure that communication can be used and acted upon. The innovative approach of merging professional writing with communication ensures that students will develop cross-genre skills in media rich technologies (such as web content development and design and usability testing), while also working at honing their writing, communication, and research skills.

The program is designed for full and part-time students, including

  • recent graduates of BA or BS programs in English, communication, graphics, the sciences, and other fields
  • working professionals turning to part-time graduate study to enhance their careers, improve their chances for promotion, or become credentialed in a different field. (Students have included recent college graduates to recent retirees.)

With the health communication certificate, students will have the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to work in a number of communication related positions in most health care organizations.

Career Possibilities

An emphasis in health communication will allow you to position yourself as a communication problem solver for most any type of organization in the health care industry. Some potential job titles include:

  • Health educators
  • Medical and health services managers
  • Web developers at health organizations
  • Health information specialists
  • Communication managers
  • Technical writers
  • Promotions and marketing managers
  • Communication specialist in patient services
  • Health communication specialist
  • Medical writer
  • Senior patient advocate


Lisa Meloncon

Associate Professor, Technical Communication
Director, McMicken Health Research Center

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Only program in the country that combines the writing and communication perspectives from nationally recognized faculty in Communication and Professional Writing. Strong job market locally. Curriculum merges theory and practice and offers opportunities for experiential, problem-based learning.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Health Communication

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years


Uptown Campus West


P O Box 210069
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: 513-556-3430
Lisa Meloncon