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Do you like to help people? Would you like to influence the nascent field of health communication?

Our innovative graduate program prepares you to address the important issues that emerge at the intersection of health and communication. The health issues facing us today are complex and have important implications for our future. The School of Communication offers a master of arts degree in communication with an emphasis in health communication. Graduates integrate communication theory and research into practice and influence the direction of the field of health communication.

Develop knowledge and skills to evaluate the role of communication in health-related contexts. Our program examines communication issues that exist between and among patients, providers and family members; how the media influences health decision making; the effects of organizational structures in health communication; the creation and dissemination of health information; and multiple influences of culture on health communication.

ECU Advantage

Our small, hyperfocused program ensures that you'll get the academic attention you deserve. And, Greenville his home to a major medical community, providing you access to a surfeit of opportunities to research, observe and put your communication skills into practice.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Laura Prividera (102 Joyner East; 252-328-5304; privideral@ecu.edu)

The MA in communication prepares students for careers or advanced academic training in communication with an emphasis in health communication focusing on interpersonal communication and the media. The 30 s.h. program provides students with a thesis or non-thesis option.

1. Core - 6 s.h.
  • COMM 6000 - Communication Theory
  • COMM 6030 - Research Methods
2. Electives - 12 s.h.

(Choose from the following courses.) 

  • COMM 6210 - Media and Health Communication
  • COMM 6211 - Health Communication Campaigns
  • COMM 6220 - Interpersonal Health Communication
  • COMM 6221 - Intercultural Communication in Health Contexts
  • COMM 6222 - Family Communication and Health
  • COMM 6224 - Communication and Health Organizations
  • COMM 6226 - Communication Approaches to Health Advocacy
  • COMM 6230 - Introduction to Health Communication
  • COMM 6240 - Special Topics in Health Communication
  • Note:
3. Options - 12 s.h.
    a. Thesis:
    • COMM 7000 - Thesis - 3-6 s.h.
    • Electives (COMM or related areas) - 6-9 s.h. *
    b. Non-thesis:
    4. Successful completion of comprehensive exams or thesis.
      Note:

      *Electives are chosen in consultation with the graduate program director. Courses in related areas (outside of COMM) must be at the 5000 level or above. A maximum of 3 s.h. may be taken at the 5000 level.

        For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

        Careers With This Degree

        Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

        • Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
        • Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
        • Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

        Career Opportunities

        ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

        NC Tower

        This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

        • Self-employed;
        • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
        • Work outside of North Carolina.

        US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

        This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

        Degree-specific internships

        For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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