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University of South Carolina

Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication

 

Overview

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication is an interdisciplinary certificate administered jointly by the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; the School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and, the School of Library and Information Science.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication is an 18-hour post-bachelor's program which provides students with opportunities to strengthen their knowledge in health communication theory, content, research methods, and application. Students may choose Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; Journalism and Mass Communications; or Library and Information Science as a home department.

An applicant for admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication will be evaluated on a combination of factors: undergraduate/graduate grades; performance on the GRE; resume describing previous professional experience, especially if that experience is in health communication-related positions; three letters of recommendation; and, a written statement of intent, in which the applicant outlines reasons for seeking a graduate-level Certificate in Health Communication. Qualified individuals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree can also take the certificate as a stand-alone program.

All of the certificate’s participating members also offer masters’ and doctoral degrees, and welcome students with an interest in health communication.

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Faculty

Graduate Faculty involved in Health Communication Research

A large number of faculty at the University of South Carolina are involved in Health Communication research and teaching. For a complete list of faculty and links to profiles, please visit: http://sc.edu/healthcomm/people/index.html. 

 

Health Communication Certificate Committee

John C. Besley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, jbesley@sc.edu

Research areas: Risk communication related science, technology, health, and the environment, public engagement, media effects, and political communication and public opinion research

 

Daniela B. Friedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, dbfriedman@sc.edu

Research areas: Health and cancer communication with diverse populations, health aging and gerontology, literacy and understanding of health risks, and effects of social media and technology on health knowledge and behaviors

 

Andrea Tanner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, atanner@sc.edu

Research areas: health communication, television news, and journalism education

 

Feili Tu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, feilitu@sc.edu

Research areas: virtual reality, informatics, and professional education, core knowledge and skills required in providing virtual reference services, evidence-based practice for public health, and adult consumer health literacy

 

Ken Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Chair and Graduate Director, Arnold School of Public Health, kwatkins@sc.edu

Research areas: gerontology, quality of life, self-management of chronic illness, and faith and health issues

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Courses

The program consists of 18 graduate credit hours (a total of six three credit-hour courses). To earn the certificate, students must complete:

  1.  The certificate core, which includes:

HPEB

711

Applied Health Communication

SLIS

749

Health Sciences Information Resources

JOUR

702

Communication Theory or

JOUR

803

Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Theory Construction

  1. Six (6) directed elective hours from an approved list, depending on the student's interests as approved by the student's faculty advisor. Some potential courses include: Concepts and Methods in Health Promotion (HPEB 700), Consumer Health in Contemporary Society (HPEB 547), Seminar in Health, Science, and the Media (JOUR 772), Risk Communication (JOUR 773), Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments (SLIS 743), and Consumer Health Resources and Information Services (SLIS 758).

  2. A 3 credit-hour practicum or project supervised by the student’s home department.

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Research

Consistent with their role as a Carnegie Foundation-designated doctoral university with “very high research activity,” Health Communication faculty at the University of South Carolina are involved in a broad range of research projects with funding from sources including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a number of non-governmental organizations including the Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Faculty also receive research support regionally through Health Sciences South Carolina, a hospital-university collaboration committed to improving the health and economic well-being of South Carolina.

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Contact

Program Information

Daniela B. Friedman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
800 Sumter Street, 220B
Columbia, SC 29208, USA
Tel: (803) 777-9933; Fax: (803) 777-6290
E-mail: dbfriedman@sc.edu 

 

Admissions

Casey D. Goldston, EdD

Academic Programs Coordinator, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
800 Sumter Street, 220B
Columbia, SC 29208, USA
Tel: (803) 777-2966; Fax: (803) 777-6290
E-mail: goldston@mailbox.sc.edu 

Program Website: http://sc.edu/healthcomm/certificate/index.html

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Last Updated February, 2011