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Graduation Requirements

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The HCOM program takes approximately 2 years to complete, assuming students participate full-time. Part-time participation is also an option. (Please contact Lauren Weiner for details about part-time enrollment).

Graduation requirements include a minimum of 32 credit hours of coursework, of which 28 credit hours must be in the Department of Communication. Eight hours will be required coursework:
(a) two health communication research methods courses for a total of four credit hours and
(b) a capstone project for four credit hours.

Research Methods

The research methods courses explore the variety of methods used in health communication research, including designs that are quantitative (e.g., using data from experimental or survey designs), qualitative (e.g., using data from observations, interviews, or interaction), or rhetorical (e.g., using texts or speeches as data). The goals of the research methods courses include developing skills needed to understand and critically analyze research.

Capstone Project

The capstone project is the final course taken within the HCOM program. It integrates knowledge and skills from prior coursework and experiential learning. This course enables students to demonstrate broad mastery of material for the promise of future employment opportunities and career advancement. For the capstone project, students can apply their knowledge and skills to a health or healthcare issue of their choice by:
(a) conducting an extensive literature review of a specific topic area,
(b) creating a webinar series,
(c) designing an organizational intervention in a health care setting,
(d) designing a media campaign, or
(e) implementing another project of the student and instructor's choosing.