Chairperson: Nathan Gilkerson, Ph.D.
The health communication minor prepares students to solve important problems in healthcare by applying theories, concepts and methods from the communication arts and sciences. The program takes an innovative approach to health communication—bringing together the science of social influence with the science of human centered design. It equips students with the skills to better solve problems and serve patients and customers. Students bring real-world experience to discussions about the role of communication in national and global health issues. They gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public advocacy and the critical capacity to evaluate face-to-face and mediated health information. Ultimately, the minor offers students new insight for a competitive edge for any health-related career.