CERTIFICATES

Earn a certificate in 12 credit hours

If a Masters’ degree is not the right track for you right now, but you want to build skills and expertise in Health Communication, we offer four 12-credit certificate options to meet your continuing education goals. Each certificate takes, on average, one year to complete; you can choose your own courses from the HCOM curriculum and design a schedule that works for you. The tuition rate is the same per credit hour as HCOM ($740 USD per credit hour), and you receive the same quality experience in the same classes as the HCOM program, just with fewer credit hours to complete. All certificate credits can also be transferred to the HCOM program if you decide at any time that you’d like to pursue a Masters’ degree. Learn more about each of our certificates and find the perfect fit for you!

General Health Communication (CHC)—now enrolling students

The CHC is the most customizable, flexible version of our certificate program. You can choose from any course in the HCOM curriculum (with two exceptions: Research Methods and the Capstone), customize your own schedule, and diversify your skill and expertise in Health Communication. This certificate is ideal for students who want to learn more about the Health Communication field as a whole or who would like to try HCOM as a non-degree seeking student before switching to the Masters’ degree.
Choose any combination of 12 credits from the following recommended courses >
CourseCreditsTerm Offered
Introduction to Health Communication4Fall 2023
Provider-Patient Communication4Spring 2024
Health Organizations Professions & Policy4Fall 2023
Health Marketing4Spring 2024
Stigma in Healthcare2Fall 2024
Cultural Considerations in Healthcare2Fall 2023
Health Disparities2Fall 2023
Impact of Health Information Technology2Fall 2024
E-health2Spring 2024
Picturing Health2Spring 2025
Conflict Management in Health2Spring 2024
Mass Media and Health2Spring 2023
Family Communication2 or 4Summer 2023

Patient Care Communication (CPC)—available for enrollment Fall 2023

The CPC is an ideal choice for students who are looking for more expertise in the interpersonal aspects of healthcare. Providers with direct patient contact, at-home caregivers, social workers, pharmacists, or any other professionals who provide one-on-one care to others: this is the ideal certificate track for you. The courses offered in this track will teach you how to overcome common challenges in the provider-patient relationship, manage conflict, hone your approach to be mindful of cultural considerations and stigma, and navigate the complexities of one-on-one care to others.
Choose any combination of 12 credits from the following recommended courses >
CourseCreditsTerm Offered
Introduction to Health Comm4Fall 2023
Stigma in Healthcare2Fall 2024
Cultural Considerations in Healthcare2Fall 2023
Health Disparities2Fall 2023
Provider Patient Communication4Spring 2024
Conflict Management in Health2Spring 2024
Health and Family Communication2 or 4Summer 2023

Communication and Health Promotion (CHP)—available for enrollment Fall 2023

The CHP is an ideal choice for students with marketing and PR, public health, crisis communication, and health campaign experience (or for those who would like more experience in this arena). The courses offered in this track will teach you to tailor your messages to specific audiences, being mindful of different channels of media and the benefits and pitfalls of each. You will also learn how to optimize your messages to better influence health-related behaviors in both large and small-scale promotion efforts.
Choose any combination of 12 credits from the following recommended courses >
CourseCreditsTerm Offered
Introduction to Health Comm4Fall 2023
Stigma in Healthcare2Fall 2024
Health Disparities2Fall 2023
Health Marketing4Spring 2024
eHealth2Spring 2024
Picturing Health2Spring 2023
Mass Media and Health2Spring 2023

Communication and Health Management (CHM)—available for enrollment Fall 2023

The CHM is an ideal choice for students in administrative or managerial roles in health care. The courses offered in this track will help you better understand optimization of organizational systems, how to recognize and repair organizational communication at every level of the healthcare field: between coworkers, within teams, and throughout entire systems. Integration of health information technology, skills for effective management and skills for navigating an increasingly complex network of professions are the hallmarks of this certificate track.
Choose any combination of 12 credits from the following recommended courses >
CourseCreditsTerm Offered
Introduction to Health Comm4Fall 2023
Healthcare Orgs, Profs, Policy4Fall 2023
Health Disparities2Fall 2023
Impact of HIT2Fall 2024
eHealth2Spring 2024
Picturing Health2Spring 2023
Conflict Management2Spring 2024

How to Apply

Rolling admissions to the certificate program are offered with no application deadline. To apply, please email hcom@illinois.edu and include:
Admission decisions for the certificate occur within 2 weeks. You may inquire about the certificate program or about your application at any time by emailing or calling Lauren Weiner (224-484-0425; lgrill@illinois.edu).
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