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Health Communication

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

Health communication professionals play important roles in relaying information between consumers who are aware, but often technically naive, and a system that is operated by highly skilled, educated, technical professionals. Skilled health communication professionals have become central to the success of the health care industry, including its success in maintaining wellness and conquering disease.

Program Overview

Health communication is one of four undergraduate majors offered by Grand Valley's School of Communications. Students also may choose an emphasis in one or more of the other areas:

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Communications Studies
  • Health Communication
  • Multimedia Journalism


The program requires the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Advertising
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Communication Systems
  • News Reporting

Career Options

Health communication graduates are employed by:

  • Hospitals, HMOs, and other health-related organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • State and local health departments

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Why Study Health Communication at Grand Valley?

  • The study of communications at Grand Valley emphasizes a broad understanding of the field combined with a solid knowledge of specific technical skills.
  • Foregrounding a liberal arts context, emphasis is placed on learning-by-doing.
  • Students frequently participate in creative performances, exhibitions, and publications related to their chosen major field of study.
  • State-of-the-art facilities support current and emergent technologies and enhance student competence in their use.
  • Students can work in internships in a professional setting.

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