Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Health and Risk Communication - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Health and Risk Communication is designed for working professionals seeking to master the art of effective communication in vital health and risk contexts. The program equips students with the skills to create and disseminate health information, communicate strategically about risk, and confidently engage diverse audiences in digital, community, and workplace settings to foster healthy behaviors and reduce unhealthy or risky behavior patterns.


To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health and Risk Communication, applicants must:

  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree;
  2. provide a personal statement which includes the motivations, expectations, and prior experience relevant to the certificate program;
  3. provide a resume or curriculum vitae;
  4. submit test scores of English language proficiency if English is not their first language.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Health and Risk Communication

Students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:
1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
CAS  825 Mass Communication and Public Health  3
CAS  826 Health Communication for Diverse Populations  3
2.      One of the following courses (3 credits):
COM  828 Cross-Cultural Communication  3
COM  860 Persuasion  3
CAS  892 Special Topics 3
Students selecting CAS 892 Special Topics must enroll in the Risk Communication section or the Communication and Technology section.