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MS Health Communication

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
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 Tuition fee

20544 USD
20544 USD

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National 0 USD
Department of Health Communication
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The two-year Master of Science program will equip you with the latest theory and research methods to better solve problems and serve patients and customers.

Students bring real-world experience to discussions about the role of communication in national and global health issues. You'll gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public advocacy and the critical capacity to evaluate face-to-face and mediated health information.

This degree offers new insight for your current position and a competitive edge for any health-related career.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.


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Course Modules

Through coursework and a capstone project, you’ll evaluate communication practices in patient-provider relationships, health organizations and the media, and ask meaningful questions about their consequences.

All courses are 100% online and asynchronous, with no specific days or times you are required to be online. Each class requires weekly deadlines, so you’ll interact with other students on a regular basis and feel like you’re part of a program with colleagues (as opposed to complete self-paced learning). All deadlines allow you to complete work during your own free time.

Graduation requirements include a minimum of 32 credit hours, of which 28 must be in the Department of Communication.

Eight hours of required courses include:
Health Communication Research Methods 1 and 2 (4 credit hours)
Two research methods courses explore the variety of methods used in health communication research, including designs that are quantitative (e.g., using data from experimental or survey designs), qualitative (e.g., using data from observations, interviews, or interaction), or rhetorical (e.g., using texts or speeches as data). The goals of the research methods courses include developing skills needed to understand and critically analyze research.

Capstone Project (4 credit hours)
The capstone project is the final course in the program. It integrates knowledge and skills from prior coursework and experiential learning. This course enables students to demonstrate broad mastery of material for the promise of future employment opportunities and career advancement.

Students can apply their knowledge and skills to a health and healthcare issue of their choice by:

  • Conducting an extensive literature review of a specific topic area
  • Creating a webinar series
  • Designing an organizational intervention in a health care setting
  • Designing a media campaign, or
  • Implementing another project of the student and instructor’s choosing.

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How to Apply

The HCOM program is designed for people looking to advance their health career or enter a health-related field.

Admitted students typically have prior work experience in a wide range of positions in healthcare.

Requirements for admission include:
Official Transcripts
From every post-secondary institution you have attended. Applicants must have been awarded a comparable bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of the undergraduate program is the minimum requirement for admission.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Preferably from recommenders in academic or professional positions

Statement of Purpose
A clear and compelling statement containing the following components:

An explanation of your professional background in health care and the qualifications you bring to the HCOM program (if your experience with healthcare is not professional in nature, please explain why you are pursuing a degree in health communication).
A description of your goals for your degree (why are you applying to HCOM? what will you do with an MS in health communication?)
A brief summary of any relevant personal information or experiences that contribute to your desire to pursue an advanced degree in health communication (e.g., why are you passionate about studying health communication?)
An identification (if applicable) of faculty members in the program whose research aligns with your professional interests.

 Current Resume
TOEFL Scores
Students whose native language is not English must present their official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with the required minimum scores: 611 on the paper-based test, 254 on the computer-based test, 103 on the Internet-based test (iBT).


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