Healthcare is a fast-growing industry that needs competent people to help connect the dots.

Earn the Health Communication Online Master of Science in two years.


The Health Communication Online Master of Science (HCOM) offers advancement potential and the skills to solve problems that affect people's health.

Students admitted to the program have a 95% degree completion rate.

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Continued investment in healthcare resarch

The 2018 HCOM online conference: Health Communication Barriers, Breakthroughs and Best Practices (HCB3) was held February 28-March 2. Next year the conference will be February 25-March 1, 2019. Click below to learn more.

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Learn from leading faculty in the top-5 ranked Department of Communication. You’ll gain expertise in three aspects of health communication:


Communication between doctors and patients, families, social networks and support


Communication challenges in health organizations and policies


The influence of media on health behaviors

Career Opportunities

As healthcare continues to grow, so do opportunities in health communication.

Careers for HCOM graduates include:

Communication consultant for healthcare providers

Director of operations

Healthcare public relations and marketing

Healthcare human resource manager

Nonprofit organization and social services management

Patient and family advocate

Patient educator

Pharmaceutical salesperson

Public health campaign designer and evaluator

Healthcare training specialist

Graduates from HCOM and the top-5 ranked Department of Communication at Illinois have been employed at:

Mayo Clinic American Medical Association Press Ganey Associates American Academy of Pediatrics

Program Faculty

Learn from leaders in your field.

Our nationally recognized, award-winning faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research on major societal challenges, such as obesity, organ donation, HIV and AIDS.

This year the Department of Communication is hiring a new faculty member specializing in Health Communication! Click here to learn more.