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Study health communication abroad

An in-depth guide to studying health communication as an international student.

Health communication degrees abroad

Health communication is a relatively new, but rapidly growing discipline. It is the study of communication in relation to health professionals and health education. This includes the study of practitioner and patient interactions, as well as how important health information is communicated through organizations and to the public.

As an international student studying health communication, you’ll focus on research methodology, and investigate communication from a range of perspectives. You’ll also get the chance to explore the role of language in a diverse range of health care settings.

Studying health communication abroad will give you an invaluable opportunity to experience a different approach to healthcare. The need to effectively communicate healthcare issues has never been more important, and as an international student, you’ll be uniquely placed to appreciate global concerns.

Health communication program structure

You can study health communication at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is more commonly offered at universities in the USA, but programs can be found elsewhere including the UK and Lebanon.

Health communication bachelor’s programs are offered as a BA and a BSc, but there is usually not much difference between the two. The BSc may include more modules that focus on the scientific elements of healthcare communication.

In the US, your health communication bachelor’s degree will last four years using the liberal arts model. This means you’ll have the opportunity to study other subjects, especially in your first two years, before focussing on health communication modules in the second half of your program.

You can study for an MA in health communication if you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related subject. This is a great option if you want to expand your knowledge or enhance your career in the healthcare sector. Most MA programs require one or two years of study and can be teacher or research-led.

How you’ll learn on your health communication program will vary depending on where you study, but you can expect to take part in lectures, workshops, seminars, and some fieldwork. Assessments will generally be through exams, essays, reports, and a final year dissertation.

Some of the most common health communication modules you’ll study include:

  • Research methodology for health communication
  • Healthcare narratives
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Management of healthcare
  • Health psychology
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Healthcare documentation

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Health communication study abroad programs

Health communication undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in health communication

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    Public Health - BSBA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Health Communication - BA American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,420 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,420 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Public Health Nutrition - BSc (Hons) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,838 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Public Health & Health Promotion (Add-On) - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Public Health: Information - BPH Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in health communication

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    Public Health - AA South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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Pathway in health communication

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    Public Health & Society (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,159 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Health communication graduate programs

Master's in health communication

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    Public Health - MPH MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,300 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Public Health - MPH University of Nicosia, Cyprus
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,256 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,030 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Public Health - MPH American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Science and Health Communication - MSc (with foundation) Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,049 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, February, June
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    Public Health - MPH Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in health communication

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    Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in health communication

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    Public Health - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,405 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, April, June, July
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    Clinical Residency: Public Health Management - PGDip Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,700 USD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in health communication

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    Public Health - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,203 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, April, June, July
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Future health communication careers

Efficient communication in healthcare is vital to the success of hospitals and public health campaigns. Therefore, your skills as a health communication graduate will be in high demand.

Here are some of the roles you might consider after graduation:

  • Hospital manager
  • Healthcare manager
  • Health promotion officer
  • Hospital administrator
  • Medical practitioner
  • Healthcare marketing executive

Some of the careers above will require additional qualifications, so make sure you’re aware of what you’ll need when choosing your career. If you need help working out which career path to take, speak to your university’s career services, who can help you discover what role might best suit you.