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Health Communication Master's Offered in Fall

A master’s degree in health communication will be offered this fall by East Carolina University’s School of Communication.

“For the past two years, ECU has been recruiting experts to teach in health communication and fine-tuning this degree plan,” said Tim Hudson, the school’s director. “So, right from the start, ours will be a very high-quality graduate program.”

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2006 school year. The curriculum will provide students with an in-depth understanding of theory and application of health and medical issues as they relate to interpersonal, media, organizational and intercultural communication. Doctor-patient communication and how health care is portrayed in the media are two possible areas of exploration in the degree program.

Professors include Dr. Linda Kean, Dr. Chuck Grant and Dr. Linda Vangelis, newly hired to teach in the program.

Hudson said graduates of the program could be hired as hospital public information officers; media relations representatives for non-profit organizations; or consultants for doctor-patient communication. The degree program is also designed to offer excellent preparation for doctoral study.

Program participants would hold a bachelor’s degree in communication, or already hold a job as a health care professional. For example, a nurse could register for the program in order to move into an administrative position.

The program took four years to develop and is representative of the type of expansion underway in the school, Hudson said.

“Soon we will offer additional M.A. emphases for a broader range of graduate study in journalism, media studies, organizational and interpersonal communication,” he said.“We anticipate strong international and intercultural components within these graduate opportunities.”

Application instructions and materials are available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/comm/ma/index.cfm.

This page originally appeared in the March 10, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/archives.cfm.