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Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication Online

Prepare for a communication career supporting healthcare providers and patients with information and collaborative processes that improve healthcare delivery systems. Earn your degree affordably and conveniently on your own schedule.

01/03/22 Next Application Due Date
01/10/22 Start Classes
Tuition now $350 per credit hour with Path to Success Scholarship*

Program Overview

Discover our online B.A. in Health Communication program

$452 Per Credit Hour
Varies Program Duration
120 Credit Hours

Be an advocate for knowledge, understanding, and collaboration in the world of healthcare that can lead to healthier communities. With the Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication online program from Northern Kentucky University, you can become a professional communicator in a variety of positions in health-related organizations. You’ll learn how to contribute to the health information now at the world’s fingertips, ensuring medical jargon is translated and accurate information can be easily understood and used for better outcomes.

You will study human interaction and learn techniques, technology, and decision-making processes related to communication, along with ways to identify and address communication issues. You will gain skills in project management, social media, and research—as well as knowledge of patient-provider, interpersonal, and how communication changes across the lifespan.

In the health communication bachelor’s degree program, you will learn to:

  • Facilitate improved understanding and use decision-making processes related to health information
  • Communicate across many contexts and through rapidly changing media platforms
  • Practice communication in a variety of healthcare settings, including the non-profit sector and government

Potential careers:

  • Communication Manager/Trainer
  • Healthcare Researcher
  • Social Media Manager for Healthcare Organizations
  • Patient Liaison
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Tuition

Save time and money by earning your degree online

The B.A. in Health Communication online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$452 Per Credit Hour
Varies Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour* University Fee Per Credit Hour** Total Per Credit Hour**
Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication $452 $16 $464
With Path to Success Scholarship and Locked-In Tuition* $350 $16 $366

*The Path to Success Scholarship with Tuition Lock is available to first-time NKU online students only and is comprised of a per-credit-hour savings of $102, for a $350 per-credit-hour tuition rate, total cost per credit hour of $366 including fee. The Scholarship cannot be combined with any other offer and is not available for existing students or the RN to BSN online program. Students who step out of the program for more than a year, thus requiring a new application, will no longer receive the $350 tuition lock and will receive, instead, the current price of the program at time of new enrollment.

**Does not include $960 in total program fees that will be divided and assessed by credit hour based on the number of hours taken.

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Calendar

Check our calendar to see how quickly you can begin

The B.A. in Health Communication is delivered in a convenient online format with 7-week courses that start six times a year. View the full calendar to see all upcoming dates. When you're ready to get started, be sure to submit your application, registration, documents, and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/23/2021 08/11/2021 08/16/2021 08/19/2021 08/23/2021 10/08/2021
Fall 2 10/20/2021 10/07/2021 10/12/2021 10/15/2021 10/20/2021 12/20/2021
Spring 1 01/10/2022 01/03/2022 01/05/2022 01/07/2022 01/10/2022 02/25/2022

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

Ready to apply to the Health Communication program?

The admission process is the first step toward earning your B.A. in Health Communication degree online. Please reach out to one of our enrollment specialists for any questions you might have. Requirements for admission to this program include:

Official transcripts from each college attended
2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Online application fee waived for active/veteran military

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B.A. in Health Communication Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the B.A. in Health Communication online program are evaluated on a holistic basis and must meet the following requirements:

Transfer Admission

Transfer applicants are students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school) at another accredited college or university.

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA from an accredited institution and 24 or more transferable credit hours must submit the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required..
  • Official transcripts from each college attended and, if applicable, transcripts from accredited Federal Bureau of Prisons or Police Academy program

Students with a minimum 2.0 GPA and fewer than 24 transferable credit hoursare evaluated based on the freshman admission standards and must supply the following:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended and, if applicable, transcripts from accredited Federal Bureau of Prisons or Police Academy program
  • Final and official high school transcript or GED scores
  • New transfer students who apply to the University with fewer than 24 college credit hours earned and a 2.75 and greater unweighted high school GPA will be offered admissions regardless of ACT/SAT scores. Please note: Nursing and respiratory care programs require ACT/SAT scores.
  • New transfer students with a 2.7499 unweighted high school GPA and less will be required to submit ACT or SAT test scores:
    • Required ACT scores:
      18 (English, math, reading)
    • Required SAT scores:
      Prior to March 2016: 430 (math, writing); 450 (critical reading)
      March 2016 to present: 480 (evidence-based reading and writing); 470 (math)

Freshman Applicants

A freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not attempted coursework at an accredited college or university (other than college credit earned while in high school or during the summer immediately following high school graduation).

Students who are 21 years or older and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived. Simply submit the online application without payment of the application fee. The fee will be waived when your credentials are verified. No further action is required.
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores

Students who are under 21 years old and have never attended college (other than college credits taken while in high school) must supply:

  • An online application form
  • A $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official high school transcripts or GED scores
  • Freshmen applicants must have at least a 2.0 unweighted high school GPA to be considered for admissions.
    • Freshman applicants with a 2.75 and greater unweighted high school GPA will be offered admissions regardless of ACT/SAT scores. Please note: Nursing and respiratory care programs require ACT/SAT scores.
    • Freshman applicants with a 2.7499 unweighted high school GPA and less will be required to submit ACT or SAT exam scores:
      • Required ACT scores:
        18 (English, math, reading)
      • Required SAT scores:
        Prior to March 2016: 430 (math, writing); 450 (critical reading)March 2016 to present: 480 (evidence-based reading and writing); 470 (math)

NKUWrite (English and reading) and ALEKS (math) scores are encouraged for placement. Some courses may require placement testing depending on transfer credit or ACT scores. Our Testing Services office can help you schedule these tests.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

Northern Kentucky University
Office of Admissions
Lucas Administrative Center
400 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215.

Courses

Take a look at our online B.A. in Health Communication courses

For the online Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication degree online, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours. The curriculum is comprised of nine core courses (27 credit hours), three foundation courses (9 credit hours), two professional skills courses (6 credit hours), two health issues courses (6 credit hours), two diversity and health courses (6 credit hours), two communication electives (6 credit hours), with the remaining 60 hours consisting of general education courses and free electives.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theories and skills of dyadic interaction in professional and personal contexts; perception, self-concept, nonverbal communication, listening, assertiveness, relationships, conflict management, and problem solving.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course provides an overview of the concepts, methods, and tools by which research in Communication Studies is designed, conducted, interpreted, and critically evaluated. The course will specifically examine quantitative and qualitative research procedures, research question and hypothesis generation and testing, measurement, sampling, research design, and data analysis techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course overviews issues related to communication and aging across the lifespan. Topics include attitudes about aging, intergenerational and intragenerational communication, enhancing communication with older adults, social construction of the aging process, older adults’ media use, effects of mass media on older adults, health communication and the older adult population, as well as issues related to communication and technology among older adults.

Students learn how health communication operates in their own lives and learn professional health communication skills; students gain a strong understanding of the field and its possibilities through communication theory and strategies; students learn to evaluate health messages for meaningful content.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is intended to help students understand the dynamics of patient-provider interactions in a healthcare setting. A variety of types of medical encounters will be examined with special attention paid to the role of narrative and rhetorical theory when analyzing communication between providers and their patients.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to health campaign planning, implementation, and evaluation. Working in teams, the students will design, implement, and evaluate a campaign for an outside client organization.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the role of information communication technology in improving health literacy and sensemaking including but not limited to understanding electronic medical records, patient-provider electronic interactions, online social support, online consent, privacy management, and health information seeking.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course involves selected placement of qualified students in off-campus health communication professions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on analyzing and producing science news content, including information about health, biology, the environment, and technology. Students will develop knowledge of the best practices in science reporting, including assessing information for news value, accuracy, and impact and translating jargon into content that will engage an audience.

Students must choose one of the following two courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of understanding of the oral communication process; aid in improving oral communication skills; idea and message development; effective delivery of ideas. Offered every semester. A prerequisite to all other CMST courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to various theoretical perspectives for understanding human communication. CMST110 has been designed to introduce students to the study of human communication from a wide range of viewpoints. The course introduces foundational principles of communication theory: general principles and the elements of speech communication, perception, language and verbal symbols, nonverbal activities, and listening. Next, the course applies these principles to the various levels of communicating, i.e. interpersonal, small group, organizational, and intercultural. The course also covers communication and persuasion in public forums such as public speaking and mediated contexts.

Students must also take the following general education courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examine how mass media operate, how people use and create media messages, and how media evolve and influence behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introductory course designed to give the student interested in the social work profession an opportunity to explore the needs of client systems of diverse populations. Via the course materials and an experiential component, each student is provided with an avenue for testing and evaluating a commitment to, and a capacity for, working with people.

Students must take two of the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic applied management functions in the healthcare setting; personnel and patient scheduling; purchasing procedures; budget and quality improvement process; organization relationships and authority.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to business firms, their organization, functions, and management in the context of global, legal, and ethical environments; business as a setting in which people work, make decisions, and contribute productively to society; management of people, information, and processes to achieve organizational goals. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the flow of goods from producer to consumer; demand-stimulated and demand-fulfilling activities of business enterprises; marketing concepts and systems analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Students must take two of the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theories and activities that increase understanding and skills of communication in groups: decision-making, problem-solving, leadership, listening, cohesiveness, climate-setting, conflict management, groupthink, and systems theory.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Organizational communication theories, models, and processes with practical application of these principles in organizational communication speaking exercises; management and leadership communication skills.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Persuasion theory practice, and ethics in preparing and presenting persuasive messages and campaigns.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theory, criticism, and practice of culture and communication, individual experience in communicating interculturally, and strategies in cross-cultural communication situations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on communication and debate about health policy. It will examine U.S. and global healthcare systems and policies and their impact on health outcomes. It will describe the role communication and debate have played in the effectiveness of policies development and their implementation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1-3

Individually supervised work involving reading and analysis. Topic is selected before registration in conference with instructor.

Students must take two of the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Symptoms, causes, and treatment of major mental disorders; research methods in psychopathology.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Social perception and social influences on behavior; attribution, attitudes, attraction, aggression, pro-social behavior, compliance, and small groups. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

Repeatable: No

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally. Several areas will be introduced that will provide baseline knowledge for a health informaticist.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is focused on the role of sociocultural factors in the creation, understanding, and utilization of messages related to health. The course also focuses on sociocultural aspects of health as they relate to communication about health disparities, as well as approaches to addressing health disparities within underserved populations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Role of the older adult in society; promotion of health, support of continued learning, right to peaceful death. Theories of aging and ethical/legal concepts. Includes experiences with the older adult in the community, acute and long-term care settings.

You must take 37 credit hours of general education courses, selected from the following categories. Note: Some general education courses may be part of the major/minor/focus requirements. If so, those courses may be used to count for both general education and the major/minor/focus.

  • General Education Courses:
    • Communication; Written (3 credits)
    • Communication; Written II (3 credits)
    • Communication; Oral (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences with lab (4 credits)
    • Scientific and Quantitative Inquiry
  • Natural Sciences without lab (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Cultural Pluralism (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
    • Self and Society
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Culture and Creativity (3 credits)
  • Global Viewpoints (3 credits)

You must take an additional 32 credit hours of electives in order to reach the bachelor's degree minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.

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