Graduate School Policies and Procedures apply to this program.
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The Graduate Certificate in Health Communication (CHC) offers learners the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate expertise in health communication. The certificate program will provide students with a theoretically rich and practically relevant education in how health messages are generated, negotiated, assessed, and understood across a wide range of communication contexts, spanning intrapersonal communication to digital and mass media.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Communication seeks to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for creating, analyzing, and assessing health communication in a diverse and global world, where health occupies an increasingly prominent portion of our public life. Specifically, students in our program will be able to:
- Utilize health communication concepts and theories to solve problems in professional, personal, and community/civic life.
- Select and use appropriate methods to collect, analyze, and interpret data to answer health communication research questions.
- Develop ethical and effective health communication messages and campaigns; orally, in writing, and across digital platforms.
- Identify, critique, and evaluate research from across major areas of health communication research.
Application Procedures and Additional Information
- Students should declare interest in completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication by emailing Dr. Tamara Powell at email@example.com.
- Students who are not already enrolled at CU Denver must also complete an online Application for Non-Degree Admission prior to registering for courses. Access the Graduate Non-Degree application here.
- Before the end of their final semester, students must send a completed certificate application to Dr. Tamara Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The approved certificate will be mailed to the student, and recorded on their transcript, after final grades are posted for the semester.
- Additional information about the graduate certificate in Health Communication may be obtained from Dr. Tamara Powell, Student Commons Building 3311, 303-315-0310, or email@example.com.
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their Health Communication advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits from approved courses.
- Students must complete all courses at the graduate level (5000 or above).
- Students must earn a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all courses applied to the certificate and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Courses taken using pass/fail grading cannot apply to certificate requirements.
- All of the credit hours for the certificate must be earned from faculty at the University of Colorado Denver.
|Complete the following program requirements||15|
|Complete the following required courses:||6|
|Designing Health Messages|
|Complete one of the following Research Methods Courses:||3|
|Research Methods: Qualitative|
|Research Design and Methods in the Health and Behavioral Sciences I|
|Qualitative Research Design and Methods|
|Quantitative Methods in the Health and Behavioral Sciences|
|Quantitative Methods in Health&Behavioral Sciences II|
|Seminar: Research Methods I|
|Seminar: Quantitative Data Analysis|
|Seminar: Qualitative Data Analysis|
Other research methods classes may be approved by the certificate advisor.
|Complete a minimum of three credit hours from the following Health Communication courses:||3-6|
|Communication and Sport|
|Rhetorics of Medicine & Health|
|Digital Health Narratives|
|You Are What You Eat: Food as Communication|
|Health Risk Communication|
|Independent Study *|
|Directed Research *|
Other discipline-specific health communication classes may be approved by the certificate advisor.
|Complete an additional three credit hours from the Health Communication course list or from the following Interdisciplinary Health Elective courses:||0-3|
|Medical Anthropology: Global Health|
|Anthropology and Public Health|
|Special Topics in Medical Anthropology|
|Humanistic Writing About Medicine and Biology|
|Human Ecology and Environmental Adaptation|
|Social and Behavioral Perspectives in Population Health|
|Sociology of Health Care|
|Socl Meanings of Reproduction|
|Sociology of Adulthood and Aging|
|Death and Concepts of Afterlife|
Other interdisciplinary health electives may be approved by the certificate advisor.
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.