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Communication Studies and Health Sciences, BS

An interdisciplinary approach to public health communication.

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The combined Bachelor of Science degree program in health science and communication studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to public health communication. Students combine courses from health sciences and communication studies to learn about health and illness and the important role of communication in shaping the public’s understanding of health issues. The interdisciplinary curriculum is enhanced by experiential learning opportunities and is designed to prepare students for challenging careers that involve crafting messages about health, developing strategies for promoting healthcare services, and specific applications such as disease awareness and prevention.

Communication is a diverse discipline and every department is unique. At Northeastern, the Communication Studies curriculum was designed to achieve three distinct learning objectives:

1. Basic communication skills, including the ability to research a question, prepare and deliver a compelling speech, and think critically and write effectively.
2. An understanding of the communication discipline including an appreciation of the history of communication studies, familiarity with important theoretical principles, and the ability to apply this knowledge to contemporary problems.
3. A distinct area of emphasis that distinguishes their major. Some of the more popular areas include argumentation and advocacy, organizational or health communication, digital communication, and media production.

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Interests of Communication Studies and Health Sciences, BS Students

  • advertising
  • audience
  • communication
  • critical studies
  • cultural studies
  • discourse
  • English literature
  • entertainment
  • film
  • global
  • globalization
  • image
  • journalism
  • language
  • linguistics
  • literature
  • mass communication
  • media
  • media studies
  • political
  • public relations
  • screen writing
  • strategic communication
  • television
  • writing

Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • ability to work under pressure
    • creative problem solving
    • critical thinking
    • leadership
    • listening
    • performance and presentation
    • project management
    • verbal and oral communication
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • account executive
    • broadcast journalist
    • creative director
    • information officer
    • market researcher
    • media planner
    • media producer
    • multimedia specialist
    • public relations specialist
    • social media manager
    • web content manager
    • writer

Communication Studies and Health Sciences, BS Requirements

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Department Chair:

Dale Herbeck

Department Chair, Professor

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Angela Chin

Administrative Officer

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Alexandra Kilgore

Administrative Officer

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Academic Advisors:

Valerie Falasca, M.Ed

Academic Advisor

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Co-op Advisors:

Bill Jackson

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

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Jacqui Sweeney

Co-op Faculty Coordinator

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Emily Hornsby

Assistant Co-op Coordinator

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