Affiliated Academic Programs

The Society is working with the following academic programs to advance the field of health communications. To get your program involved, learn more about becoming an organizational member.

Loyola University Maryland

Program:  M.A program in Emerging Media (with a specialization in Health Communication and Health Communication Certificate program.

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Description: The M.A. program in Emerging Media with a specialization in Health Communication trains students to effectively utilize new and emerging communication platforms in a broad range of health communication applications including health marketing, public health campaigns and community health. The 11-course M.A. program consists of 10 courses online and a one-week summer session in residence at our Baltimore campus. It can be completed in one calendar year if taken full time. The Health Communication certificate program consists of five courses and is entirely online. Both programs are designed to help students accelerate their careers in health communication. Students learn to:

  • Design and implement health-oriented campaigns using new and emerging media;
  • Explore the factors associated with health disparities and the role effective communication plays in addressing them; and,
  • Explore a range of tools and techniques for developing effective health-oriented messages. 

Faculty have extensive backgrounds in diverse areas ranging from direct to consumer prescription drug advertising to the impact of social media on mental health. Students in the program, too, represent diverse interests and the program with its applied orientation provides an extensive set of opportunities to foster those interests. Recent Emerging Media graduates have obtained positions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CHADD: Children and Adults with ADHD. 

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Point of Contact: Erin Richardson, Director of Program Operations ([email protected])


University of South Florida

Program: College of Public Health at University of South Florida

Location: Tampa, Florida

Description: The Department of Community and Family Health offers several program concentrations related to health communication, health promotion, and social marketing. We provide a challenging, educational experience in a nurturing and community oriented environment that will prepare students to enter the workforce, ready to fulfill their life goals and dreams. Students interested in health communication may have the opportunity to do research or projects with the Florida Prevention Research Center, funded by CDC, or the WHO Collaborating Center for Social Marketing, all staffed by faculty and students within the Department.

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Academic offerings: Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Public Health, PhD in public health, DrPH in public health

Point of Contact: Claudia Parvanta, PhD ([email protected]


University of Texas at Austin 

Program: Center for Health Communication in the Moody College of Communication
Location: Austin, TX
Description: The Center for Health Communication was established in 2014 to bring together researchers and experts on many diverse areas of health communication into one organizational unit where they can collaborate, share ideas and innovations, and advance their scholarship and its impact to the highest possible level. The CHC has more than 40 affiliated faculty and graduate students from across the university. As of April 2017, the CHC is officially a joint academic center of both the Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School. Our people have broad and deep communication expertise that allows our Center to lead the creation of evidence-based health communication scholarship, education, and community involvement.  Our interdisciplinary group of scholars embraces opportunities to use communication to improve the health of people around the globe.
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Point of Contact: Jessica Hughes Wagner ([email protected])