Health communication, one of the fastest growing fields in the broader communication discipline, addresses how communication intersects with all aspects of health (social, mental, and physical).


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: HCOM

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Required Courses

COMM 304Foundations of Health Communication3
COMM 430Persuasion3
COMM 334Family and Health Communication3
Total Credits9

One Additional Communication Course

Select 3 credits from the following: 13
Special Topics in Health Communication
Special Topics in Communication 2
Environmental Communication
Total Credits3

Other COMM courses may be substituted with approval of the minor director.


Requires approval of the minor director.


Students should confer with the health communication minor program director when making choices among these courses. Other courses may be substituted with approval of the minor director.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Health Care Delivery in the United States
Healthcare Ethics
Healthcare Finance
Health Economics and Policy
Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy
Introduction to Health Services Research
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)
Drugs and Health
Human Sexuality
Women's Health
Men's Health
Health Interventions for Vulnerable Populations
Relationship Health
Health Communication
Global Health (Mason Core)
Introduction to Public Health
Health Behavior Theories
Health Promotion and Education
Health and Environment
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Social Determinants of Health
Violence, Gender, and Sexuality
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Contemporary Health: Intersections in Science and Society (Mason Core)
Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Lifespan Development (Mason Core)
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Clinical Psychology
Behavior Modification
Therapeutic Communication Skills
Psychological Factors in Aging
Science of Well Being
Death, Dying, and Grieving
Psychology of Intimate Relationships
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability
Substance Use, Misuse, and Disorder: Programs and Policies
Child and Family Welfare
Introduction to Gerontology
Social Determinants of Health
Total Credits6