Professional Studies & Special Programs

Summer Institute for Social Marketing & Health Communication

June 5–10, 2016

Summer Institute 2015

As directors and faculty for the Institute, we believe you've come to this website out of a desire to take your current skills—as a marketing, advertising, or public relations professional; as a videographer, writer, performer, or other artist; as a behavioral scientist or public health practitioner—and work to make a difference in society.

Whether your passion is the promotion of healthy lifestyles, shaping attitudes and behavior about the environment, or ensuring the literacy or other educational needs of citizens, we believe the Summer Institute will offer you the kind of professional development you are seeking. See the Summer Institute's week-at-a-glance.

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Our goal is to bring together communication professionals who will work in interdisciplinary learning teams—account executives and graphic artists; researchers and advocates; managers and direct-service providers.

The six days of the Summer Institute will include lecture/discussion sessions, case study presentations, networking with distinguished guest lecturers, and group exercises. The days will be intense but fun.

Boston is a great city to visit during the summer. Many of the best restaurants have European-style outdoor seating. Emerson itself is called the Campus on the Common for Boston's historic and attractive Common is right across from our classroom buildings. You can expect open-air concerts, theater performances, etc. during your stay in Boston. Find information on hotels in Boston, Cambridge and the surrounding areas.

How to Apply

Complete the Summer Institute Application form (PDF) and send it along with the requested supporting documents to:

Department of Professional Studies
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Application Deadline: April 29, 2016

Non-credit Program Tuition: $2,250.00


Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs at 617-824-8280, or email

If, like us, you are committed to developing your skills and knowledge to make a difference in society through communication, then please plan on joining us for the 2016 Summer Institute for Social Marketing and Health Communication.