M.Sc. Online

Health Communication

Boston University

18 months
505 USD/credit
505 USD/credit
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The online Master of Science in Health Communication program at Boston University teaches students to understand the complexities of important healthcare issues and communicate them in a way both the media and the public can understand.


The Health Communication multidisciplinary curriculum at Boston University focuses on how to implement effective communication campaigns, tackle tough healthcare issues, and provide valuable information to the media, the public, and other critical stakeholders. Students in the program gain leadership skills in the emerging fields of healthcare marketing, public relations, health literacy, crisis management, and social marketing.

Geared toward professionals with a background in healthcare, public relations, journalism, marketing communication, or public health education, the online Master of Science in Health Communication can be completed in as few as 18 months of part-time study. The interactive, online format includes lectures and debates, videos, interactive animation, discussion boards, and more.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply basic public relations and marketing theories and principles to the practice of health communication.
  • Employ communication strategy, methods, and technology to communicate information, influence audiences, or affect change on health-related topics and issues.
  • Evaluate the value and significance of traditional, social, and emerging digital media practice in the health communication field.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of ethical and socially responsible health communication practices and strategies, and knowledge of the Code of Ethics as defined by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
  • Articulate the role that communication plays in the healthcare industry.
  • Interpret and apply basic communication research fundamentals to the field of health communication.
  • Analyze, synthesize, interpret, and present health and scientific information using clear and concise messaging for public consumption.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The American Healthcare System for Health Communicators
  • Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Communicators
  • The Biology of Disease
  • Contemporary Healthcare Marketing
  • Contemporary Public Relations

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 18 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


40 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements


  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement (short essay discussing your motivation for study)
  • A current résumé
  • Transcript(s) from each college and graduate school attended. 
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $85


  • International Student Data Form
  • Authorized financial statement from a bank (original, shown in U.S. dollars)
  • Copy of current I-20 and I-94, both sides (if applicable)
  • Letter of financial support from a sponsor (firm, government, parents, etc.)
  • Notarized English translations of all documents not in English

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    505 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 505 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    505 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 505 USD per credit during 18 months.

Courses Numbered 100–599: $505 per credit

Courses Numbered 600–999: $940 per credit


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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