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Health Communication, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 20 months
    Duration
University rank #98 (QS) Online
An effective and responsible communication strategy requires professionals with an understanding of biosystems and disease, nutrition and public health, the American health care system, and epidemiology—and the ability to communicate information in a way both the media and the public can understand.

About

Developed by Boston University’s College of Communication and Metropolitan College, the Master of Science in Health Communication (MSHC) is the first degree of its type to be offered online, providing academic and professional preparation for students who wish to work within this important and emerging field. The multidisciplinary program focuses on the intersection of health care, marketing, health literacy, public relations, and digital media in order to prepare students for the breadth of issues they will encounter as health communicators—from medical breakthroughs and the development of new products to government policies and public health challenges, and many others.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The American Health Care System for Health Communicators

  • Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Communicators

  • The Biology of Disease

  • Nutrition and Health for Communicators

  • Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 20 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description
      18-20 months
  • Credits
    40 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    84

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission
  • Three letters of recommendation. It is required that one be an academic reference if you graduated or engaged in post-graduate education in the past three years
  • You must supply the name and email address of your recommenders in order to submit your application. 
  • A self-evaluation
  • A current résumé
  • Transcript(s) from each college and graduate school attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to your application. Official transcripts will be required upon matriculation.
    • A nonrefundable $85 application fee
    In addition to completing an Application for Graduate Admission, international applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    880 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 880 USD per credit and a duration of 20 months.
  • National

    880 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 880 USD per credit and a duration of 20 months.
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Funding

The following programmes may provide loans, scholarships, and grants to Boston University Online students.

  • Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP)
  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Computer Information System
  • Master of Science in Health Communication
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  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Art Education
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

In addition, Student Accounting Services offers assistance with:

  • Payment plans
  • Payment options
  • Agency sponsorship
  • Loans
  • Refund requests
  • Tuition invoices
  • Payment deadlines

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