Northwestern University’s one-year, professional MS degree in health communication is a unique program that will prepare students to solve important problems in healthcare by applying theories, concepts and methods from the communication arts and sciences. The program takes an innovative approach to health communication—bringing together the science of social influence with the science of human centered design.
The program is a 10-course, residential, professional degree program, with courses taught by faculty from Northwestern’s School of Communication and from other affiliated units at Northwestern. With courses taught on Saturdays to accommodate working professionals, the degree can be completed in one year of full time study or at a slower pace. Graduates of the MS program will acquire the ability to design, produce, analyze and evaluate messages, interfaces, interactions, media, networks and audiences, all in the context of health and healthcare. These skills, combined with knowledge of health outcomes and healthcare systems, will enable our students to add substantial value to any healthcare organization they join.
The degree is designed for both mid-career professionals currently working in healthcare (e.g., hospitals and health systems, insurance companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, regulatory agencies, public health agencies, and large employers with internal health and wellness programs) and for students with undergraduate degrees in communication or related disciplines who are seeking careers in health communication.
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International Student Requirements:
International students must submit a recent TOEFL or IELTS score if their native language is not English.
Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.