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 Media and Journalism, 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 (MEJO 825/HBEH 825) one 3-credit graduate course from the approved list of courses and two 1.5 credit hour colloquia classes (MEJO 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.