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Master of Arts in Health Communication and Promotion

Faculty working with Students: 18
Students: 0
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0.00%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall August 1st
  • Spring December 1st
  • Summer April 15th
Campus:
  • Global Campus: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

Washington State University’s online master’s degree in Health Communication and Promotion is designed for those who work in communication fields and health sciences and are seeking to refresh and update their skills or specialize in health communication and promotion. The program is also tailored for individuals who want to enter the profession of health communication and promotion or enhance their credentials to meet Murrow College standards for ethics, integrity, and leadership within the field of health communication.
Whether you have no training in health communication or are a seasoned professional, the degree will advance and energize your career. Our multidisciplinary approach:

Offers expertise in new and traditional media
Teaches students how to gather and analyze information and use those findings in creating health and public awareness campaigns
Furthers skills in analyzing information and designing health communication strategies, programs, and initiatives
Advances student knowledge in communication monitoring, metrics and reporting effectiveness of outreach efforts
Trains students, in the tradition of Edward R. Murrow, to create messages that are both strategic and responsible
Includes weekly online instructor office hours, frequent student self-assessment tools, ongoing interaction with other students, and a cohort structure in which students go through the program with the same group

Admission Requirements:

Applicants will be evaluated by the Murrow graduate selection committee, which will require official copies of undergraduate transcripts, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a written statement of purpose. GRE scores are NOT required.
Application Materials
Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate institutions
International students submit TOEFL
Current professional resume that includes at least three professional references name and
contact information
Statement of Purpose articulating your perspectives, contributions, qualifications, and talents

Statement of Purpose
To gain a better understanding of your perspectives, contributions, qualifications, and diverse talents, we ask that each applicant prepare a comprehensives statement of purpose. Admission decisions for the online MA Health Communication program are based on a full assessment of the applicant’s academic profile, mix of experience they bring to the program and overall readiness for graduate-level work. Please address your experience in each category keeping in mind how you could contribute to the future community of excellence at WSU.Your statement of purpose should not exceed one page and should address the following:

Why the online MA Health Communication program at WSU interests you – what attracted you to the program
What led you to the desire of earning an advanced degree
Where do you think your MA will lead you personally and/or professionally
How the degree program fits into your current personal or professional path
What are your goals in furthering your education? What do you hope to achieve through the
curriculum?
Other anecdotes or background information that will aid in evaluating whether or not you would
thrive and be successful in the program

Experience
The program is designed for individuals who are at least three years outside their undergraduate program and/or have at least three applied work experience. The coursework is bench-marked at a level best suited to those with solid work and life experience. Student engagement is built into each course and with it students benefit greatly from knowledge share and mutual exchange. We find that those with limited applied work experience are not fully equipped to contribute to those discussions in a meaningful way – nor are they as successful in completing the more complex course work. The decision to admit involves a full assessment of the applicant’s academic profile, the mix of experience they bring to the program and overall readiness for graduate-level work – not just undergraduate GPA or quality of their statement of purpose.

Student Opportunities:

  • All courses are 100% online and include weekly online instructor office hours, frequent student self-assessment tools & ongoing interaction with other students.
  • Most students take 2-3 classes each semester across the 10-course curriculum.
  • Students work closely with both industry professionals and PhD faculty scholars
  • Students select one, two or three-year tracks but it is recommended they take no less than five semesters to complete the program in order to achieve the best work-home-school balance

Career Opportunities:

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Program Objectives

There are two primary objectives for the online MA Health Communication and Promotion program. These include:

1) producing quality students who possess the theoretical foundation and practical knowledge to succeed in their chosen fields and; 

2) training individuals who will perform at the highest level of both professional and ethical standards.

 According to Harvard’s School of Public Health, “a health communication background is a necessity and advantage to one’s career within the continually evolving field of public health.” Health communication professionals possess the following core competencies (Harvard School of Public Health, n.d.):

 

  • ·         Independent research and scholarly contribution in the advancement of health communication science
  • ·         Design of effective behavior change communication strategies
  • ·         Public health communication with service to state and federal agencies through the design, delivery and measurement of public health campaigns
  • Risk communication expertise
  • ·         Crisis communication expertise
  • ·         Professional communication for nonprofit health agencies
  • ·         Skills in advertising, digital communications, community relations, and health marketing
  • ·         Media relations with emphasis in public health matters

Faculty Members:

Atwood, Brett D, M.A.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Media convergence; new communication technologies; social media persuasion; virtual reality communication

Borah, Porismita, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Emerging technology research, message design and interventions, EMA methodology via mobile technology, and social media use in political campaigns and health promotion.

Boyd, Amanda, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Risk perceptions and communication in the context of health and environmental communication, energy policy, indigenous health and media perceptions of risk.

Cooney, Christopher, M.B.A.

Research Interests

Content strategy, media training, brand platform development and best practices, marketing, Web communication and design.

Cooney, Rebecca Lynn, M.S.

Serves as: chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Media convergence, new communication technologies, social media persuasion, virtual world communication

Curtis, Christine Marie, M.A.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Crisis communication, risk communication and uncertainty in emergency management.

Gallagher, Erin, PhD

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Hindman, Douglas Blanks, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

First Amendment
Media ethics
Media accountability systems

Hindman, Elizabeth Blanks, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

First Amendment, media ethics, and media accountability systems.

Hmielowski, Jay, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental communication, science communication and political communication.
How media influences institutional trust (i.e., trust in scientist or government), and how people’s level of trust affects attitudinal and behavioral outcome variables.

Hust, Stacey Jolene, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Use of Media to Reduce Sexual Assault and Promote Healthy Sexual Relationships
Parent-Child Communication About Media and Health
Media Effects and Strategies to Prevent Alcohol Abuse
Gender and the Mass Media

Irom, Bimbisar, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Political transition between the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ Left in the United States, post-9/11 American culture, multimodal composition and writing assessment.

Lee, Yoon-Joo, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Advocacy Advertising
Corporate Social Responsibility
Health Communication
Health Promotions for Ethnic Minority
Social Media and Health Promotion

Nam, Yujung, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

My research addresses areas of health communication with a focus on health intervention and behavioral change through innovate e-technologies, such as social media, social networking, smartphones, interactive virtual collaboration and sensory haptic technology.

Richardson, Robert, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Salazar, Cara, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Physical and emotional health needs of sub-Saharan African widows
Health advocacy campaigns
Justice and global health initiatives

Waananen, Lisa, M.A.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

Research Interests: Data visualization
and online storytelling.

Willoughby, Jessica, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only of graduate committee

Research Interests

My research looks at health communication strategies with an emphasis on adolescents and mobile technologies.

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