Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Health Communication (MA)
Nancy Allen teaches her Media Strategies for the Health Professional course.
Emerson’s MA program in Health Communication, offered in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine where students can pursue an MS in the same subject, is a unique program emphasizing application firmly grounded in theory and research. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, deliver, and evaluate health information and disease prevention campaigns; advocate for health policy initiatives; manage healthcare delivery systems; and inform, influence, and motivate a diverse community of private and public audiences about health and medical concerns.
For more information about earning a master's degree in Health Communication, please contact Graduate Program Director, Dr. Timothy Edgar.
More Than an MPH
Unlike graduate programs in public health, Emerson’s Health Communication program affords you the opportunity to focus on communication issues in a variety of health-related contexts, not just public health or policy. You will concentrate on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of health messages in a program that is more focused than an MPH and more specialized than a general degree in communication.
The Medical Epicenter
The fields of medicine and healthcare make up Boston's second largest industry. Emerson is only blocks away from world-renowed medical centers, research instititutions, and biotechnology companies. These extensive connections in the Emerson and Tufts network of Boston's health sciences allow you many opportunities to gain real-world and practical hands-on experience.
Emerson faculty are specialists in public and health communication areas such as social marketing, media campaigns, and the use of new technologies. They have researched health issues such as nutrition, immunization, obesity, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. The Tufts faculty are epidemiologists, physicians, and social scientists who also continue their work in the field of clinical and community health.
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Health Communication (MA) At A Glance
Fall admission only
Full-time or part-time enrollment
Full-time is typically 8 to 12 credits per semester; students usually complete the degree in two years.
Part-time students usually complete the degree in three years.
Classes generally meet from
6:00 to 10:00 pm.
Timothy Edgar, Graduate Program Director for Health Communication and Associate Professor, has devoted his professional career to conducting health communication research on topics like HIV/AIDS, physical activity for adolescents, childhood and adult immunization, diabetes, and more. Learn more »