Health Communication Undergraduate Certificate:  15 Credits

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 2.33.25 PM

Created in conjunction with the Department of Communication, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion for undergraduate students. The certificate is designed to give students an enhanced education in communication skills critical to health-related professions, beyond what would normally be received from the UK Core. Upon completion of the certificate students will be able to determine how communication impacts the major contributors for disease prevention and control as well as how to identify and analyze communication strategies that are most effective for health promotion and wellness. Students also gain advanced knowledge and insight into how communication can affect patient and client outcomes and the ability to apply these skills toward the betterment of their careers in the health professions.


The Health Communication Certificate requires 15 credit hours to be completed with a minimum of 2.0 GPA in all completed certificate courses.

Communication Core (6 credit hours, both courses required)

  • COM 311:  Taking Control of Your Health: Patient-Provider Communication
  • COM 471:  Introduction to Health Communication

Public Health Core (3 credit hours)
Choose one from the following

  • UKC 130/CPH 202:   Public Health Through Popular Film
  • CPH 440-001:  Foundations of Health Behavior

ELECTIVES (6 credit hours)
Choose two from the following

  • COM 287: Persuasive Speaking
  • COM 482 : Studies in Persuasion
  • COM 454/491: Honors Seminar/Special Topics in Health Information Seeking
  • COM 525: Organizational Communication
  • COM 535: Risk and Crisis Communication
  • COM 571: Interpersonal Communication in Health Contexts
  • COM 572: Health Communication Campaigns & Communities
  • LIS/CJT 539: Introduction to Medical Informatics
  • CPH‐202: Public Health Through Popular Film
  • CPH 365 /CPH 310: Disease Detectives: Epidemiology in Action
  • CPH 440‐001: Foundations of Health Behavior
  • KHP 230: Human Health and Wellness
  • KHP 590: Advanced Health Concepts


For more information
Dr. Donald Helme
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Communication