The Certificate prepares current degree-seeking residential UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students to use theory-informed health communication strategies in applied practice, academic and research settings. It supplements students’ degree programs with focused training in one of two tracks:
- Psychological processes — examining how health communication leads people to change their health behaviors.
- Integrated communication strategies — examining how to create and deliver health communication messages and interventions through interpersonal communication, print media and electronic media.
The Certificate is intended primarily for UNC-Chapel Hill residential graduate students in Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Health, Information and Library Science, and the Department of Psychology. However, graduate students from other schools or departments at UNC-Chapel Hill may apply. Students enroll by obtaining the permission of their academic advisors and the IHC Certificate Committee. At this time, those not enrolled as graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill may not enroll in the certificate.
Certificate requirements include one 3-credit course on health communication theory and research (JOMC 825/HBEH 825) one 3-credit graduate course from the approved list of courses and two 1.5 credit hour colloquia classes (JOMC 826/HBEH 826). Only one of the two 3-credit courses can also be counted toward the student’s core graduate degree. Students’ theses or dissertations must be on a health communication topic, broadly defined.