​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Health Sciences (BS)/Health Communication (MA)

Students with junior status who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in their Health Sciences courses, have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have successfully completed three 300 level courses in the Public Health Studies or BioScience major curriculum in Health Sciences may apply for the combined Bs Health Sciences/MA Health Communication program.  Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admission office by June 1 (priority deadline): B.S./M.A. Combined Degree Program Application, official undergraduate transcript, answers to essay questions, writing sample (research paper), and two letters of recommendation from professors in Health Sciences and/or College of Communication.

Students in Health Sciences will take all of the required courses for the undergraduate major.  During their senior year, students in this program take a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours as three Health Communication courses; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate Health Sciences and graduate Health Communication requirements.  Students are strongly encouraged to take the following three HTHC core courses during their senior year: HTHC 515, HTHC 516, HTHC 517.    In the Public Health Studies concentration, HTHC 515 can replace CMNS 315.  In BioScience, HTHC 515 will  count as an elective in the major. The other two graduate courses will count as either major electives or open electives for either concentration. 

Students admitted to the program must earn a B or better in each of the three graduate courses they take as a senior.  If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirement, they will not be allowed to continue as a graduate student in the program. 

Students can defer their graduate admission for one year after they earn their B.S.  If students do not matriculate after completing their B.S. degrees or within the one year deferral period, the graduate courses taken as undergraduate students will no longer count towards the graduate degree and students must reapply for admission to the graduate program.

CMN 101

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION

This course provides an introduction to the field of relational, group and organizational communication. Students become acquainted with the basic terms, concepts and theoretical perspectives used to examine communication in dyadic, group and organizational contexts.

HTHC 515

INTRO TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION

Because of the increasing degree of health consciousness in our society, individuals not only interact more frequently with health care providers, but health care organizations play more active roles in their surrounding communities. In addition, health care cultures are changing. Health care organizations play active social and political roles when responding to national health issues or crises. Hence, it is important that we, as consumers of health care, understand the communication challenges that are inherent within health care organizations, and how those can impact the effectiveness of our communication as a participant in health care contexts.

HTHC 516

RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS

This course focuses on health care methodologies relevant to health care administration: including a cross section of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Designing questionnaires and surveys, the analysis and presentation of survey data, interviewing strategies, the analysis and presentation of qualitative data. Students will also be provided with skilled technical writing assignments geared toward providing an understanding of how to most effectively present data within the contexts of reports, visuals for meeting or memoranda.

HTHC 517

HEALTH CARE LITERACY

The U.S. Department of Health and Human services included improved consumer health literacy as Objective 11-2, and identified health literacy as an important component of health communication, medical product safety and oral health. Health Literacy refers to obtaining, processing and understanding basic health information. This course examines how the consumer can be not only informed more effectively and efficiently, but also how health information should inform decision making in multiple health contexts.