»MS in Health and Strategic Communication

Founded by Dr. Lisa Sparks, one of America’s leading health communications researchers, the masters in health communications is an accelerated one-year program that brings together social scientists, statisticians, and communication experts to train students how to facilitate better understanding and health habits between medical professionals and patients.

Our faculty’s strong relationships with various agencies, organizations, universities and hospitals throughout Southern California and the world provide unparalleled opportunities for research, internships and work experiences.

Health and Strategic Communication is one of the fastest growing areas in the communication field.

  • Educate the public and the healthcare industry about relevant health information
  • Work with health-care providers and community leaders to develop, implement and evaluate widespread community health-based programs
  • Improve relationships between patients and health-care providers
  • Work one-on-one with community groups to achieve community health-care goals
  • Help with emergency and crisis communications
  • Work in local, state and federal agencies; hospitals; non-profits; public health departments; insurance companies; foundations; publishing firms; and universities

+-Research Opportunities

Students work closely with faculty to generate original research projects and reports through the use of unique survey data and national surveillance data sets.  Student research on topics of communication theories, vulnerable populations, health literacy, distant care giving, media portrayals, aging, and patient-provider interactions has been presented at various local and national communication and scientific conferences, including:

+-Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites:

You must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and must provide evidence of satisfactory coursework in the following two areas:

  •     Research Methodology
  •     Statistics

All prerequisites must be met by the beginning of the program start date.

Admission Requirements:

  •     Online application for admission (includes $60 non-refundable application fee)
  •     Official transcript from degree granting institution
  •     Graduate Admission Test Scores – The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.   Applicants must achieve the following minimum scores which are listed as previous version test scores and new version comparative test scores, respectively: Verbal:  500/153; Quantitative:  550/146; Analytical Writing: 4.0/4.0.
  •     Letters of recommendation – two letters of recommendation are required, including one from an academic source which describes your professional and academic abilities.
  •     Statement of intent – a 500 word essay addressing the area of communication in which you are interested.
  •     Resume – a resume or curriculum vitae is required
  •     TOEFL (International Students Only) – applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  •     Financial Certification Form (International Students Only)
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