Interdisciplinary Health Communication Graduate Certificate
Learn to critically evaluate public health problems with the Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication in Temple’s College of Public Health and Klein College of Media and Communication. Students in this 12-credit program form a deep understanding of issues that impact public health and study how to address them using health communication methods, concepts and theories.
This graduate certificate is tailored to current clinicians, public health practitioners, and researchers. It is also tailored to communication and media professionals interested in expanding their skills in health communication to address public health priority problems, as well as social change and development practitioners involved in community-centered public health initiatives.
Addressing public health priority problems requires a solid foundation in public health-related program planning, evaluation, research methods, and effective and responsible communication strategies. With these skills, graduates can
- enhance the quality of patient care and improve healthcare decision-making;
- facilitate the spread of information about health risks;
- improve underserved populations’ access to services and navigation of healthcare systems;
- influence adoption of healthier lifestyles in populations with elevated risk of chronic disease; and
- use knowledge of media and the intended effects on audiences to effectively communicate health information.
You’ll gain knowledge about the breadth of issues health communication practitioners and researchers often encounter—from medical breakthroughs and the development of new products to government policies and public health challenges. Through the certificate program, you’ll also learn to
- describe the scope of public health problems and degree of risk in a target population;
- identify key determinants of public health problems;
- design and evaluate public health or health communication interventions; and
- communicate the results of lessons learned in public health interventions.
What sets apart our Interdisciplinary Health Communication Graduate Certificate?
- A transdisciplinary training program. This certificate provides an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students and professionals interested in more comprehensive training in health communication. It includes courses from several Temple degree programs and combines theory and practice to provide a well-rounded and unique learning experience.
- A diverse and experienced faculty. Our faculty have training and expertise across a dozen public health- and media-related disciplines, including advertising, communication, ecology, health communication, health psychology, health education and health promotion research, media studies, public health program planning and evaluation, and public relations.
- A springboard for multiple graduate degrees. The certificate is ideal for existing graduate students enrolled in public health-related graduate and doctoral programs, as well as Klein’s Media and Communication Sciences PhD and Communication for Development and Social Change MS programs.