Students who graduate with a specialization in Health and Wellness from the School of Communication and Information (SC&I's) Communication Major are equipped to conduct healthy-living campaigns in communities, help develop effective health policy, conduct health intervention research, or advise health providers about communication with patients and their families. Health communication professionals work to educate and inform the public, workplaces, schools, and communities about health and wellness issues that can improve everyone’s quality of life.
Career opportunities for students who take the Health and Wellness specialization exist in for-profit and nonprofit agencies, including government, hospitals, health departments, schools and other industries. Students may also consider pursuing an advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in fields like communication, health education, sociology, or nutrition science. The Health and Wellness specialization provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare students for an advanced degree or to enter fields related to:
- Community Health Literacy
- Community Health Intervention
- Health Campaign Design
- Health Education
- Physician/Patient Liaison
- Public Health Advocacy
- Public Health Policy
- Social Work
Our outstanding faculty members bring academic rigor and real-world experience to the classroom, and guide students through the unique communication demands of health care professionals, as well as through the development of effective communication strategies and skills for use in health intervention and health care practice. From designing, implementing, and evaluating public health communication campaigns, to solving contemporary and practical problems through health communication and health literacy, our faculty seamlessly blends fundamental theory with real-world applications.
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