Health classes are online but the Communication classes are traditional on-campus classes.
Asbury University has a reputation worldwide for training ethical, hard-working graduates who become experts in their chosen field. The Health Communication program is unique in that it blends Christian ethics with expert training in communication, healthcare, and design skills.
It is offered 100% online with asynchronous learning while integrating communication and healthcare content in each course.
Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Health Communication will be able to:
Apply basic communication, public relations, and marketing principles to the practice of health communication.
Understand the healthcare system, public health, and epidemiological principles.
Employ communication strategy, skills, and technology to effectively communicate information, influence audiences, or affect change on health-related topics and issues.
To be fluid in applying traditional, social, and emerging digital media practice in the health communication field.
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of ethical and socially responsible health communication practices and strategies, and knowledge of the Code of Ethics as defined by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Articulate the role that communication plays in the healthcare industry.
Interpret and apply basic communication research fundamentals to the field of health communication.
Analyze, synthesize, interpret, and present health and scientific information using clear and concise messaging for public consumption.
Be able to integrate and apply one’s Christian faith into the ethical practice of health communication.
“Health communication bridges the gap between the healthcare system and the communities around us. Being able to major in health communication is increasingly more valuable in today’s world and literally helps save lives!”
Katherine Fitch ’21, Student
What is the Health Communication major like?
You will learn from experts in the field who are committed to giving you a high-quality education. Health Communication is a highly sought-after career. As we have seen during the coronavirus pandemic, health communication plays a vitally important role in everyone’s lives.
Asbury University’s multidisciplinary program focuses on the intersection of healthcare, marketing, health literacy, public relations, and digital media in order to prepare students for the breadth of issues they will encounter as health communicators—from medical breakthroughs and the development of new products to government policies and public health challenges, and many others.
The Health Communication program is offered completely online (no campus visits required), providing a global community of experts and peers, as well as unparalleled academic resources available to students 24/7.
What subjects will I study?
Your coursework will draw on three exciting subject areas as you learn to become an effective Health Communicator:
Public Health, Healthcare Service, and Health Communication Principles.
Communication, Public Relations & Marketing skills.
Skill-building courses in social media, graphic design, website design, and videography.
Who will be my professors?
Courses are taught by experienced health professionals and communication experts from across Asbury University, including the School of Communication Arts and the Department of Science & Health. We regularly ask working health communicators to make guest appearances and contribute to classes as well.
Your professors are committed to providing an excellent educational experience. These men and women embody Asbury’s rich tradition that celebrates community, academic rigor, and spiritual vitality.
What opportunities will I have outside of class?
Courses include project work that allows you the opportunity to apply what you learn in class to real-world situations.
All students get to complete an internship that provides practical experience in the field, as well as create contacts within the industry.
What will be my career opportunities after I graduate?
You will be prepared to enter into the Health Communication field working in the various areas listed below.
Advertising and Marketing
User Experience Design Firms
Federal, State, Local Public Health Offices
To graduate must complete all major requirements, foundational requirements, and additional electives needed for the 124-hour minimum degree requirement.
Major Requirements (52)
Recommended Foundations Science Course: BIO100+101, BIO202+202, or BIO217+219
Health Care Core (18)
__ 3 BIO 280 Scientific & Medical Terminology
__ 3 HC 102 Health Care Services
__ 3 HC 201 Ethical/Legal Issues in Health Care
__ 3 HC 202 Faith and Care
__ 3 HC 250 Introduction to Public/Population Health
__ 3 HED 282 Community Environmental Health
Health Communication Professional Core (12)
__ 3 COM 271 Introduction to Comm Theory
__ 3 COM 301 Health Communication
__ 3 COM 435 Internship
Choose a Video course:
__ 3 JRN 214 Video Journalism
MC 302 Single Camera Production
Communication Core (22)
__ 3 ART 254 Graphic Design I
__ 1 COM 200 Agency Practicum
__ 3 COM 251 Intercultural Communication
__ 3 COM 281 Public Relations Theory/Practice
__ 3 COM 342 Communication Campaigns
__ 3 COM 461 Social Media Marketing
__ 3 MC 225 Interactive Media I
Choose a Marketing course:
__ 3 COM 350 Organizational Leadership
MKT 241 Principles of Marketing
Plus Foundational Requirements (50)
Plus electives needed for the 124-hour degree requirement (22)
Complete and submit your application through Common App or our online application form.
Send in your additional materials (transcripts and test scores).
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Sending Test Scores
We require ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT) test scores or an additional essay and interview as part of our Test-Optional admission process before your application can be reviewed.
ACT code: 1486
SAT code: 1019
CLT: Select Asbury University as a score recipient
Our Test-Optional admission process does not require ACT, SAT, or CLT scores but does require an additional essay and interview before your application for admission can be reviewed. To choose Test-Optional, contact your counselor. (Common App applicants can select it as their Test Plan on the application.) Please note that test scores are still required for some Asbury scholarships.
Official transcripts are required from your high school before your application can be reviewed. Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Asbury University Admissions Office.
Homeschool students: Your transcript must include courses taken, grades earned, class rank (if available), and your cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average), among other items.
International students: Please review the international admissions process.
GED students: Submit official copies of your GED (General Education Development Test) scores in place of a high school transcript.
You are considered a freshman for the application and financial aid processes if you have not taken any college/university classes more recently than the summer after your high school graduation.
If you have taken dual credit/dual enrollment classes, you can transfer them to Asbury to count toward your degree by sending transcripts from the sponsoring college/university upon your acceptance to Asbury.
Asbury accepts transfer credit from AP, CLEP, IB, and AICE tests. To receive credit, submit test results to the Asbury University Admissions Office after you have been admitted.
High School Preparation
To be successful in college, we recommend that you take the following classes in high school:
English – four years including one year of Composition
Mathematics – three to four years including Algebra
Social Studies – two years including one year of History
Laboratory Science – two to three years
Foreign Language – two years of the same language