UNC-Chapel Hill is a unique leader in interdisciplinary health communication (IHC). IHC was established in 2007 with a graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication available to students as a complement to their studies on the Chapel Hill campus. The IHC’s pioneering education, research and public engagement programs in Media and Journalism, Public Health, Information and Library Science, Psychology, Medicine, and Nursing foster synergy among the disciplines, creating a vibrant interdisciplinary environment for graduate training and research.

The School of Media and Journalism (MEJO) also offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with an IHC track that requires studies in at least four disciplines (mass communication, public health, information science and psychology) and a thesis or project focused on a health communication topic.

The IHC programs are guided by a three member academic committee from the Schools of Media and Journalism, Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Infomation and Library Science.  Program administration is managed by the School of Media and Journalism.


Joan Cates
Seth Noar

Graduate Assistant

Arshya Gurbani