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.
New this year
The inaugural HCOM online conference: Health Communication Barriers, Breakthroughs and Best Practices. 100% asynchronous and online, March 1-3 2017.
Learn from leading faculty in the top-10 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
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
Public health campaign designer and evaluator
Healthcare training specialist
Graduates from HCOM and the top-10 ranked Department of Communication at Illinois have been employed at:
Mayo Clinic • American Medical Association • Press Ganey Associates • American Academy of Pediatrics
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.