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Health Communication Degree - Bachelor of Arts

Degree Information

The Health Communication major focuses on communication in the context of health care. Students develop the knowledge and skills to implement and assess health campaigns, influence diverse audiences on a range of health issues, and manage risk and crisis communication.

Curriculum

Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

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  • CA 109 Oral Communication Skills

    This course will help the student develop and apply the skills necessary to design and deliver an effective and well-organized speech. The course provides instruction in the preparation and delivery of various speech types while developing competencies in the areas of critical thinking, organization of thought, creativity, planning, and public speaking.
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  • CA 202 Small Group Interaction

    This course introduces the development and application of small group communication theories designed to enhance communication skills needed in the work place and in various social environments. Competencies in the areas of effective communication, adaptability, conveying information, managing conflict, organized thinking, and problem solving are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 204 Interpersonal Communication

    This course introduces concepts and basic theories of interpersonal communication. Students will identify areas for personal improvement and for increasing their repertoire of communication behavior choices. Competencies in the areas of listening, perceiving, integrating, and conveying information are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 228 Writing for Media

    This course introduces the basic concepts of newsgathering and reporting for contemporary media. Emphasis is placed on developing writing and information gathering skills, using Associated Press style, and understanding the legal and ethical obligations of media writing. Prerequisite: EN 101
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  • CA 301 Persuasion

    This course examines the theory and practice of persuasion in various contemporary contexts including campaigns, movements, media, and advertising. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the appeals made in persuasive messages and judging the ethicality of persuasion. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 305 Conflict and Communication

    This course introduces concepts and theories pertaining to conflict communication, conflict styles, and problem solving techniques needed to resolve conflict in work, social, and personal areas of problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 309 Communication: Putting Theory into Practice

    This course provides a wide range of communication theories with a special emphasis on direct application through the introduction of models/concepts designed to improve communication skills in a variety of contexts and communication environments. Competencies in the areas of relationship development, listening, socialization, cognitive processing, reducing uncertainty and dealing with conflict are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 315 Health Communication

    This course examines the theory and practice of health communication. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal relationships, social and cultural issues, and mediated messages concerning health communication. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 323 Public Relations

    This course surveys the history and present state of public relations. Emphasis is placed on process, strategies, and tactics of public relations. Prerequisite: CA 109 and CA 203
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  • CA 450 Diversity and Communication

    This course presents theories, models, case studies, and processes relevant to the study of diversity and communication. Students are provided the opportunity for direct application of course materials to enhance diverse communication skills in a variety of contexts. Competencies addressed include: critical thinking, leadership and influence, ethics, listening, managing conflict, and emotional intelligence. Prerequisite: CA 109
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  • CA 451 Health Communication Campaigns

    This course examines the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion/disease prevention programs. Emphasis is placed on the role of theory and research in campaigns, as well as on the production of communication. Prerequisite: CA 228, CA 301, and CA 323.
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  • CA 452 Issues and Trends in Health Communication

    This course examines a variety of contemporary issues in health communication, including health, stigma and discrimination, the politics of nutrition, and health literacy. The course also investigates trends in health communication, including new communication technology, intercultural communication, and risk/crisis management. Prerequisites: CA 315
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