Jan 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Health Education and Communication - Graduate Certificate

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Effective health education and health communication practices save lives by conveying vital information, increasing effectiveness of patient-provider interactions, and educating patients and prospective clients. The World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as many other leading public health and medical authorities,  have identified health education, health communication, and health literacy as critical to improving national and international public health and patient care.

University of the Sciences offers a 15-credit certificate program to address key competencies in health education and communication, including constructing health education interventions, improving patient-provider communication, addressing health literacy issues, and creating social media for health awareness and behavioral change. Through a combination of training and practical experience, this program helps students thrive in careers in healthcare, health policy, public health, biomedical writing, and other health-related business areas.

Certificate students are required to take the three core graduate courses listed below, and will select two additional elective courses from a wide selection of possibilities in health research and practice that most closely relate to individual career goals.  Following the three required courses, a sampling of possible electives for the remaining two courses is listed below.

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

Choose two courses (6 credits) from the following list or other classes at the 300+ level approved by the program director and/or department chair. 


  • Policies and procedures are articulated in the Graduate Student Handbook. This is an important resource for requirements, deadlines, and procedures.
  • Students can only “double count” 12 credits from one program for another program. Since 15 credits are required for this certificate, that means one additional 3 credit course beyond the requirements for another graduate degree must be added. 

Total Credits: 15

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