Study the significant link between communication and health outcomes.

The two-year Master of Science program will equip you with the latest theory and research methods to better solve problems and serve patients and customers.

Students bring real-world experience to discussions about the role of communication in national and global health issues. You'll gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public advocacy and the critical capacity to evaluate face-to-face and mediated health information.

This degree offers new insight for your current position and a competitive edge for any health-related career.

Program benefits

Earn your master's from the nationally ranked Department of Communication at the world-renowned University of Illinois.


No set class times

Small student cohorts

Close interaction with faculty

Top-10 Department of Communication

For Professionals

The program is designed for people looking to advance their health career or enter a health-related field. Current students work in a variety of healthcare careers, from accounting and operations, to marketing and public relations, to nutrition and social work.

Potential careers in health communication:

  • 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 have been employed at:

  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation
  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • Press Ganey Associaties
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Learn more

Is HCOM right for you?

Contact program coordinator Lauren Weiner, Ph.D., at 224-484-0425 or hcom@illinois.edu.