Effectively use communication strategies and techniques to distribute vital information
to those within the healthcare industry and beyond. Our Health Communication Certificate
will teach you skills related to:
Social media strategies
Risk and crisis communication management
A certificate in Health Communication demonstrates your ability to:
Explore multiple perspectives
Strategize communication techniques
Disseminate crucial information
A Health Communication Certificate is an excellent pairing for students seeking communication, health studies, and public health education degrees and pursuing pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational
therapy, pre-physical therapy and more.
Health Communication Certificate Courses
COMM 380. Health Communication. 3 Credits.
Introduces theories and practices of health communication. Explores health communication with interpersonal sources (e.g., physicians & other providers), groups (e.g., support groups & healthcare organizations), and effective communication through mass media and digital/social media channels. F,S.
COMM 360. Communicating Science. 3 Credits.
This class is designed for upper-division students in the physical, biological, social, health and engineering sciences interested in science communication. It combines findings from research into information processing with best practices in media production to build student competency in communicating about science, scientific discoveries and the scientific process to general audiences through various media, as well as more specific audiences, such as funding organizations and policymakers. Students end the semester by producing a piece of science communication for a course-created website. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status (60+hours). F.
COMM 451. Risk and Crisis Communication. 3 Credits.
This course explores identifying risks to organizational goals and key stakeholders, and communicating effectively during crisis events to maintain organizational legitimacy. Risk and crisis key theories and concepts, applications and analysis are addressed. Prerequisite: COMM 200 or consent of instructor. F.
COMM 374. Principles of Strategic Communication. 3 Credits.
This course introduces the fundamental theories, concepts, and applications of strategic communication to critically analyze its social influence and meet organizational goals. F,S.
COMM 401. Organizational Communication. 3 Credits.
Analysis of communication behavior in formally structured relationships as it relates to the organization and to individuals. Special attention given to organizational style, status, trust and conflict-management. Informal communication networks and rumoring are studied. S.
COMM 345. Social Media Strategy. 3 Credits.
This course focuses on scholarly and commercial aspects of social media strategy as a Communicative practice. In particular, course topics include a variety of social media driven outcomes including social activism, constituent engagement, outreach and advocacy, reputation management, analytics and optimization, and enhancing the quality and impact of message transmission in the social online environment. S.
With asynchronous classes, you do not attend class at a set time. If you need to balance
work, family, and other commitments, this flexible format allows you to learn anywhere
at any time.
Depending on your instructor, you’ll learn online through:
Streaming video content
There will be times when you interact with your instructor and classmates through
online discussion boards, polls, and chat rooms.
Your learning revolves around materials that can be accessed on your own time within
a set time frame. However, this is not a self-paced course. You’ll have structure
Top-Tier Online Education
Over a third of UND's student population is exclusively online; plus, more take a
combination of online and on campus classes. You can feel reassured knowing you won't
be alone in your online learning journey and you'll have resources and services tailored
to your needs.
No matter how you customize your online experience, you’ll get the same top-quality
education as any other on campus student.
Same degree: All online programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Your transcript and diploma are exactly the same as our on-campus students.
Same classes: You’ll take courses from UND professors, start and end the semesters at the same time
and take the same classes as a student on campus.
Real interaction: You can ask questions, get feedback and regularly connect with your professors, peers
and professionals in the field.
Your own academic advisor: As an invaluable go-to, they’re focused on you, your personal success and your future
Free online tutoring: We're here to help you one-on-one at no cost. Plus, get access to a variety of self-help
online study resources.
Unlimited academic coaching: Need support to achieve your academic goals or feeling stumped by a tough course?
We'll help with everything from stress and time management to improving your memory
to achieve higher test scores.
Full online access: Dig into virtual research from the Chester Fritz Library. Improve your writing skills
with online help from the UND Writing Center. Get online access to career services,
veteran and military services, financial services and more.
24/7 technical support: UND provides free computer, email and other technical support for all online students.
Networking opportunities: Our significant online student population means you’ll have a large pool of peers
to connect with. UND has numerous online events and activities to keep you connected.
Best Online College
Our high alumni salaries and job placement rates, with affordable online tuition rates
make UND a best-value university for online education. UND's breadth of online programs
rivals all other nonprofit universities in the upper Midwest making UND one of the
best online schools in the region.
UND ranks among the best online colleges in the nation for:
Student satisfaction (retention rate)
Academic quality (4-year graduate rate)
Student outcomes (20-year return on investment per Payscale.com)
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