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Students in the Master of Science in Health Communication program learn how to improve communication and coordination in healthcare with a broad set of skills and tools rooted in research, technology, and practice.  The program provides opportunities to engage with faculty, classmates, alumni, and special guests that will expose you to new ideas, professional opportunities, and discussions about how healthcare positions interact with patients and providers on a macro and micro level. Key features in the MSHC program include:

  • A curriculum (link to curriculum pg) focused on areas such as human interaction, difficult conversations, the US healthcare system, how to change health related behaviors, and message design
  • Engagement with professionals in healthcare organizations from across the country and globe
  • An internship or practicum bridging the program curriculum to a real-world setting
  • Rolling admissions and matriculation – Start the program in September or January
  • Earn your master’s degree in one year over 38 Saturdays

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Completion of Degree

The MSHC program can suit a variety of schedules. Students typically complete the degree in one year. If your schedule and financial situation cannot accommodate a one year timeline, students do have the option to complete the degree within 5 years. Regardless of the degree completion timeline you select, all students benefit from access to the same curriculum, resources, and opportunities.


The internship opportunity is a culminating experience where students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Students have the option of securing an internship for themselves or selecting an internship from the list that the EPICS staff member has access to. The internships provide valuable industry exposure that will give students a competitive edge when applying for full-time opportunities. Check out our sample list of internship opportunities previously secured by MSHC students. (figure out where to put list on site)