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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  Jul 15, 2024
2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Health Communication, Certificate (Public Health)


This is an 18-hour post-bachelor’s program that provides students the opportunities to strengthen their knowledge in health communication content, research methods, and application. Qualified individuals can take the certificate as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with another degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to translate basic theories and frameworks of health and risk communication to the development of health communication campaigns to specific target audiences.
  • Students will be able to explain the principles governing the selection and access of health information materials to serve the needs of diverse lay, professional, and cultural communities.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to develop, implement, and evaluate a health communication project for a specific target audience.


Daniela Friedman
HPEB Professor
phone: 803-576-5641

Casey Goldston Giraudy
HPEB Academic Programs Coordinator
phone: 803-777-2966

Certificate Requirements (18 Hours)

Electives (6 Hours)

Six directed elective hours from an approved list, depending on the student’s interests as approved by the faculty advisor.

Practicum (3 Hours)

A three credit-hour practicum or project in the student’s home department.

Examples of practica/internships include appointments with local agencies involved with health communication, or work on an active research project. Faculty members work closely with students to help them secure the practicum.