The University of Utah is the primary institution for educating health providers and ancillary professionals in the state of Utah. Health communication is a crucial concern and a top priority as the nature, forms, and functions of health care and health information shift dramatically in contemporary society.
Students earning the Health Communication Certificate respond to that increasing interest and demand for greater awareness and understanding of health communication. Specifically, the certificate program involves the study of how communication about health is co-created, transmitted, received, constructed, and circulated in various contexts.
The certificate is available for both undergraduate and graduate students who are current University of Utah students.
For additional information and resources regarding the study and practices of health communication, visit the Coalition for Health Communication website.
What is the Health Communication Certificate?
Improving doctor-patient communication, Optimizing communication across complex team structures, Crafting effective health care materials, Reaching underserved populations.
Why would I want the Health Communication Certificate?
Have an application that stands out when applying for positions with hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and health-focused non-profits. Learn how to work with individuals across the healthcare spectrum, including researchers, doctors, nurses, and patients. Demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary research and practice, the cornerstone of 21st century healthcare.
The certificate will consist of 18 units divided into 3 tiers, as follows:
Tier 1 (3 credits)
Tier 2 (9 credits)
- COMM 5116/6116 – Health, Communication, and Culture
- COMM 5117/6117 – Health Campaigns & Media
- COMM 5118/6118 – Health Literacy
- COMM 5140/6140 – Communication and Aging
- COMM 5150/6150 - Dialogue and COmmunity Engagement
- COMM 5200/6200 – Persuasion & Political Communication
- COMM 5365/6365 - Communicating Climate Change
- COMM 5370/6370 - Environmental Communication, Special Topics
- COMM 5490/6490 – Communication and Social Justice
- COMM 5590/6590 – Integrated Marketing Communication
- COMM 5640/6640 - Comm Technology and Culture
- COMM 5815/6815 – Special Topics in Health Communication
- COMM 5820/6820 - Science Communication, Special Topics
Tier 3 (6 credits)
Choose two other health related courses. Must pre-approve these courses with academic advisor. One can come from Tier 2, but at least one must be from outside the Department of Communication.
- ECON 5190/6190 – Health Economics
- FCS 5180 – Autism Across the Lifespan
- FCS 5390 – Gender Race Sexualities
- FCS 5430 – Family and Healthcare Policy
- FCS 5630/6630 – Healthy Communities
- FCS 6465 – Stress, Development, and Health
- FPMD 4500 – Public Health: A Global Perspective
- FPMD 5005 – Introduction to the Medical Profession
- FPMD 5520 – Public Health Perspective on Surgery in the Global Context
- FPMD 5530 – Global Health
- FPMD 5540 – Refugees in Utah: A Public Health Issue
- GERON 5220 – Caregiving and Aging Families
- GERON 5370/6370 – Health and Optimal Aging (also HEDU 5370)
- H EDU 5060 – International Health Promotion
- H EDU 5100 – Health Care in the United States
- H EDU 5300 – Diversity and Health
- H EDU 6000 – Foundations and Theory of Health Promotion
- H EDU 6060 – Health Instruction and Communication
- NURS 6772 – Quality Improvement in Health Care
- PHIL 5370 – Philosophy of Biology
- PHIL 5520/6520 - Advanced Bioethics
- POLS 5321/6321 – Health Policy
- SOC 4674/6674 – Global Health
- SOC 5720/6720 – Medical Sociology
In addition to the annual program review by the Department of Communication faculty, the Advisory Committee of the Health Communication Certificate will annually review courses and the program through enrollments, exit interviews, instructor feedback, and completion rates.
Dr. Mark Bergstrom, Associate Professor, Communication
Dr. Helene Shugart, Professor, Communication
Dr. Jakob Jensen, Professor, Communication
Dr. Kimberly Kaphingst, Professor, Communication
Marty C. Malheiro, Clinical Instructor, Pharmacotherapy, Utah Poison Control Center
Les Chatelain, Interim Chair, Health Promotion & Education