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Health Communication Minor

This minor is designed for students who are preparing for careers in the health-care industry. They learn to communicate health-related information to various key groups efficiently and effectively.

What You'll Study
The health communication minor offers courses from several disciplines: communication, history, psychology, public health, history, and sociology. Foundational courses include:

  • CMST 2134: Introduction to Health Communication
  • PHS 2004: Introduction to Public Health
  • HIST 2604/SOC 2604/STS 2604: Introduction to Data in a Social Context
  • CMST 4324: Issues in Health Communication

Additional courses allow students to develop both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for conveying health information in various cultural, political, and social contexts.

 

This minor is part of the Pathways to General Education.

 

Why Minor in Health Communication?

The minor prepares students to work in one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. Students will learn about factors that affect health behaviors and tools that can be used to promote health knowledge.

What Do I Do with a Minor in Heath Communication? 

  • Healthcare provider (physician, physician’s assistant, nurse) 
  • Public health department official 
  • Hospital, clinic, or nursing-facility administrator 
  • Community health worker 
  • Patient advocate 
  • Environmental health specialist

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Contact Us
If you have questions about pursuing a health communication minor, please contact:

 Communication Advising Support Center
130 Shanks Hall
Brandi A. Quesenberry
Director of Undergraduate Programs
brandiq@vt.edu