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Become a Strategic Voice in Health Care

MS In Health Care Communication

Elevate the Health Care Conversation

Become a respected leader in your organization by playing a larger role in strategic communication with a Master of Science (MS) in Health Care Communication from St. Thomas. Our innovative, one-year program merges health care industry knowledge with cutting-edge communications expertise to equip you with the skills you need to become an authority in health care communication.

Designed for busy working professionals, our 30-credit program is completed in one year thanks to a flexible course delivery. Take a combination of on-campus, hybrid (in-person and online) and fully online courses.

You’ll progress through the program with a group of peers—your cohort—to maximize instructor attention and build relationships with fellow students. Meet with your cohort in-person approximately one Saturday every seven weeks for core modules and interact with them online when off-campus.

Developed in collaboration with senior health care industry leadership, our experiential learning practicum will provide or enhance your practical health care experience. You’ll also work with an industry mentor, selected for you based on your specific interests and goals.

Whether you’re an experienced communicator with a desire to work in health care, a health care industry professional who wants to play a larger role in strategic communications, or a recent undergrad interested in communication or health sciences, the MS in Health Care Communication at St. Thomas will help position you for career success.

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Complete the program in 12 months
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of 2017 graduates received a new position or promotion before or upon graduation
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More than 80% of students have experience in the health care industry

Program Overview

  • Format & Schedule
  • Admission Requirements
  • Content Topics
  • Career Impact
  • Format & Schedule

    Balance your competing demands, reach your goals and earn a robust graduate business degree in a single year with our program’s unique merger of student-centered on-campus experiences and online coursework.

    Here’s what you can expect when you take our MS in Health Care Communication program.

    • A part-time, 30-credit, one-year degree plan for the working professional
    • First course delivered in early-September in a three-day residency
    • Meet in-person one Saturday every seven weeks for core modules (nine on-campus Saturday sessions total)
    • Two fully online courses (one in the fall, one in the spring)
    • Practicum starts in September with a mentorship and culminates in a project at the end of the program
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    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree (communication or related field preferred)
    • Application form and essays
    • Admissions interview
    • One letter of recommendation
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    Content Topics

    Throughout the program, you’ll explore the following topics through the lenses of business and communication:
    • Historical perspectives on the health care industry
    • Industry culture and operational environment
    • Policy, law, ethics and trends in health care management and delivery
    • The communicator’s role and responsibilities in addressing management challenges and priorities
    • Health care writing and audience research
    • Marketing and reputation management in the health care space
    • Basic anatomy and physiology
    Explore the Curriculum

    Career Impact

    Gain the expertise, skills and strategic insights sought by employers and needed for career success from our MS in Health Care Communication curriculum. Over 90% of the class of 2017 received a new position or promotion during or upon graduating from the program.

    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Format & Schedule

    Balance your competing demands, reach your goals and earn a robust graduate business degree in a single year with our program’s unique merger of student-centered on-campus experiences and online coursework.

    Here’s what you can expect when you take our MS in Health Care Communication program.

    • A part-time, 30-credit, one-year degree plan for the working professional
    • First course delivered in early-September in a three-day residency
    • Meet in-person one Saturday every seven weeks for core modules (nine on-campus Saturday sessions total)
    • Two fully online courses (one in the fall, one in the spring)
    • Practicum starts in September with a mentorship and culminates in a project at the end of the program
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree (communication or related field preferred)
    • Application form and essays
    • Admissions interview
    • One letter of recommendation
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Content Topics

    Throughout the program, you’ll explore the following topics through the lenses of business and communication:
    • Historical perspectives on the health care industry
    • Industry culture and operational environment
    • Policy, law, ethics and trends in health care management and delivery
    • The communicator’s role and responsibilities in addressing management challenges and priorities
    • Health care writing and audience research
    • Marketing and reputation management in the health care space
    • Basic anatomy and physiology
    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

    Career Impact

    Gain the expertise, skills and strategic insights sought by employers and needed for career success from our MS in Health Care Communication curriculum. Over 90% of the class of 2017 received a new position or promotion during or upon graduating from the program.

    See Career Impact Facts and Figures

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    Dr. Mike Porter, faculty director, Master of Science in Health Care Communication talks about the program.

    The MS in Health Care Communication from the University of St. Thomas is designed for health care and communication professionals seeking to play a larger role in strategic communications. In our one-year program, you will gain industry knowledge and leading-edge communications expertise from leaders in the field without putting your career on hold.

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    Examine the role of communication from the senior management perspective in health care. Explore topics including the CEO's primary concerns, responsibilities, information needs, language and decision-making processes. By developing an integrated view of health care organizations, and emphasizing organizational strategy and goals, this course will help you understand and respond to top management's concerns with effective communication strategies.

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    Health Care Policy

    We will address the socioeconomic, political, ethical and practical issues confronting the medical care system in the United States. Study the trends in providing and financing care in changing markets and governments, as well as the implications for clinics, medical groups and health professionals. Our goal in the class is to use current, high-visibility health policy issues to engage you in understanding the policy process and the role of communication before, during and after implementation.
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