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Communication Studies and Health Sciences, BS

An interdisciplinary approach to public health communication.

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10/25/18 - BOSTON, MA. - Northeastern students Abdelrahman Elsaadany, JoJo Brennan, and Morgan Blaney, host a video conference with Lia Sanchez from UNIFE University in Lima, Peru in the lobby of International Village on Oct. 25, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Account Executive
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Creative Director
  • Information Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Media Planner
  • Media Producer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Writer

Multidisciplinary Skills

  • ability to work under pressure
  • creative problem-solving skills
  • critical thinking
  • leadership skills
  • listening
  • performance and presentation skills
  • project management skills
  • verbal and written communication skills


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