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Application Deadline

  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Fall: August 1

Class begins

  • Spring: January 8, 2024
  • Summer: May 6, 2024
  • Fall: August 19, 2024

Degree Awarded

Master of Arts
in Health Communication and Promotion

WSU College

Murrow College of Communication

Enhance Your Skills. Energize Your Career.

WSU’s master’s degree in Health Communication and Promotion, offered entirely online, is designed for those who work in communication and health sciences and are seeking to refresh and update their professional skills to enhance their careers. This flexible, fully-online program is also ideal for individuals who wish to enter the profession of health communication and promotion by earning trusted credentials from a university noted for excellence in communication studies. 

What You’ll Learn

Whether you have no training in health communication or are a seasoned professional, this degree will advance and invigorate your career. The program’s multidisciplinary approach offers expertise in new and traditional media while teaching you how to gather and analyze information and use those findings to create health and public awareness campaigns. You will also gain skills in analyzing information and designing health communication strategies, programs, and initiatives and increase their knowledge in communication monitoring, metrics and reporting effectiveness of outreach efforts.

The MA in health communication and promotion provides a solid core curriculum, consisting of classes in multimedia content creation, crisis communication, professional ethics, and research methods. In specialized courses in health communication, you will learn health behavior change theories relevant for prevention messaging, message creation and design for effective information distribution, and techniques for effectively communicating health information with specialized populations.

WSU Health Communication and Promotion Program Strengths

  • The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is highly regarded nationwide by professionals and wins awards for student’s work.
  • Learn from health communication master’s online professors who win awards for their teaching and professional work, are nationally ranked for their research, and emphasize high standards in the tradition of Edward R. Murrow.
  • Includes weekly online instructor office hours, frequent student self-assessment tools, ongoing interaction with other students, and a cohort structure in which students go through the program with the same group.

Get Started

Applicants will be evaluated by the Murrow graduate selection committee, which will require official copies of undergraduate transcripts, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a written statement of purpose. GRE scores are NOT required. Note: This degree will not aid in qualifying graduates for doctoral-level programs at WSU or other institutions.

Visit the Online MA Health Communication and Promotion page for details on how to apply.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the recruitment coordinator for the Murrow College at or sign up for a one-on-one video or phone appointment.

Program of Study—30 semester credits

All courses are available online

12 credits

  • COM 561: Professional Multimedia Content Creation 
  • COM 562: Crisis Communication in Global Contexts
  • COM 563: Ethics for Professionals
  • COM 564: Research Methods for Professionals

15 credits

  • COMHLTH 570: Health Communication and Behavior Change
  • COMHLTH 571: Communicating Health in Practice
  • COMHLTH 572: Communicating Health to Specialized Populations 
  • COMHLTH 573: Communicating Health in a Digital Landscape
  • COMHLTH 574: Health Message Design and Effectiveness

3 credits

  • COMSTRAT 701: Master’s Independent Capstone Project and /or Examination

Please note: The Online MA Health Communication and Promotion is a terminal professional degree program. It is structured to provide opportunities for those interested in career transition or advancement in professional communication positions. The program is non-thesis, involves limited theory, does not include a classroom teaching component or active research assignment, and therefore should not be considered a preparatory stepping stone to most Ph.D. programs or teaching at a collegiate level.

Related Certificates

Global Campus offers this related graduate certificate program that you can consider pairing with your health communication and promotion degree: