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Graduate Certificate in Medical & Applied Health Communication

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Applied Health Communication is an online, 9-hour program designed to provide skills, practice, and knowledge for those working as communication professionals in fields related to medicine and health (pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, hospitals, science writing, non-profit organizations, etc.).

​This certificate is the first of its kind in the state of Texas and within the field of professional and technical communication. Students in the program will:​

​Ultimately, you will learn to:

  • Analyze how to use various theories and approaches to manage and report medical and health information
  • Evaluate effectiveness of medical/health messages
  • Conduct community-grounded research appropriate to understanding audiences
  • Apply theories related to behavior change, motivation, and persuasion
  • Create strategic health messages in writing and graphic representation
  • Demonstrate familiarity with technology used in creative and media processes
  • Identify the features of clear and useful graphic representations of medical and numerical data

Curriculum and Requirements
The certificate consists of two required courses (6 SCHs) and one elective course (3 SCHs):

Required Courses 
  • ​TCOM 5304 - Foundations of Professional & Technical Communication (3 credit hours)
    ​Note
    : If you have a  graduate degree in technical communication, TCOM 5304 can be substituted with another elective from the list below.​
  • TCOM 5325 - Advanced Medical Writing or COMM 5302 - ​​Health Messaging (3 credit hours)​

Elective Courses (choose 1)

​TCOM 6324 - Writing​ in the Professions Using Plain Language
TCOM 6310 - Intercultural & World Communication
TCOM 6318 -  Stylistics & Editing
COMM 5302 - Health Messaging
TCOM 6331 - Grant Writing for Nonprofit Management
TCOM 5340 - Project Management
TCOM 4306 - Science Writing (with permission from program director)
TCOM 3329 - Environmental Writing (with permission from program director)

​Please visit the UHD Catalog​​ for more detailed information on degree requirements, course offerings, and course descriptions. ​ ​

How to Apply
Applicants must hold a BA, BS, or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas and complete and submit all of the following items in order to be considered for admission. Resumes and personal statements can be uploaded through the myUHD portal​, emailed to gradadmissions@uhd.edu​, ​or mailed to:

UHD Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions
Girard Street Building, Room 308
Houston, TX 77002​​​​​

Application Checklist

  • Submit an application ​through the Apply Texas Application
  • Pay the $35 application fee
  • Request/submit to the email or mailing address above official​ transcripts from the institution where applicant received a bachelor's degree as well as any graduate schools attended (Community college coursework will not be considered in the admission process and need not be submitted)​
  • Provide a professional / personal resume detailing your work experience and education 
  • Provide a personal statement of approximately 300 words
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Last updated 12/13/2021 5:13 AM