Minor in Health Communication

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

Health communication, one of the fastest growing fields in the broader communication discipline, addresses how communication intersects with all aspects of health (social, mental, and physical).

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses

Required Courses

COMM 304 Foundations of Health Communication 3
COMM 430 Persuasion 3
COMM 334 Family and Health Communication 3
Total Credits 9

One Additional Communication Course

Select 3 credits from the following: 1 3
Special Topics in Health Communication
Special Topics in Communication 2
Environmental Communication
Total Credits 3


Students should confer with the health communication minor program director when making choices among these courses. Other courses may be substituted with approval of the minor director.

Select 6 credits from the following: 6
HAP 301
Health Care Delivery in the United States
HAP 310
Healthcare Ethics
HAP 395
Health Care Finance
HAP 425
Health Economics and Policy
HAP 442
Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy
HAP 445
Introduction to Health Services Research
HEAL 230
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)
HEAL 310
Drugs and Health
HEAL 325
Health Aspects of Human Sexuality
HEAL 327
Women's Health
HEAL 331
Men's Health
HEAL 350
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk
HEAL 351
Relationship Health
HEAL 372
Health Communication
HHS 432
Healthy Aging
GCH 205
Global Health (Mason Core)
GCH 300
Introduction to Public Health
GCH 310
Health Behavior Theories
GCH 350
Health Promotion and Education
GCH 360
Health and Environment
GCH 412
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
GCH 445
Social Determinants of Health
GCH 480
Health Maintenance and Health Aspects of Aging
Violence and Gender
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Contemporary Health Issues
Death, Dying, and Decision Making
NUTR 295
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)
NUTR 422
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Clinical Psychology
Behavior Modification
Abnormal Psychology
Therapeutic Communication Skills
Psychological Factors in Aging
Science of Well Being
Death, Dying, and Grieving
Psychology of Intimate Relationships
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability
SOCW 410
Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Policies and Programs
SOCW 415
Child and Family Welfare
SOCW 435
Introduction to Gerontology
SOCW 445
Social Determinants of Health
Total Credits 6