University of Kentucky Department of Communication


Beginning Fall 2014

The Health Communication Undergraduate Certificate was 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 will 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. Registration for the Health Communication Undergraduate Certificate begins August 18, 2014.


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 Courses (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 Courses (3 credit hours) (choose 1 from the following)
    • CPH 440001: Foundations of Health Behavior
    • UKC 130001/CPH 202: Public Health Through Popular Film

ELECTIVES: Two Additional Electives Required (6 credit hours) (choose 2 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
  • CPH202: Public Health Through Popular Film
  • CPH 365 /CPH 310: Disease Detectives: Epidemiology in Action
  • CPH 440001: Foundations of Health Behavior
  • KHP 230: Human Health and Wellness
  • KHP 590: Advanced Health Concepts


For more information contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Communication, Dr. Donald Helme at  or 859-257-8886.