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Health Communication

Bachelor of Science Degree

The success of healthcare depends on effective communication to influence individual and collective decisions. Jobs that require health communication skills in both non-profit and for-profit environments are on the rise as the national healthcare system becomes increasingly complex. Bellevue University's online degree in Health Communications will expand your understanding of health-related issues so you can make an impact in an office, hospital, clinic, or other settings. This is one of the few undergraduate health communication degrees in the United States that will prepare you to implement and assess health campaigns, influence diverse audiences on a range of health issues, manage risk, and guide crisis communication.

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Courses in the major include:

This course will help the student develop and apply the skills necessary to design and deliver an effective and well-organized speech. The course provides instruction in the preparation and delivery of various speech types while developing competencies in the areas of critical thinking, organization of thought, creativity, planning, and public speaking.
This course introduces the development and application of small group communication theories designed to enhance communication skills needed in the work place and in various social environments. Competencies in the areas of effective communication, adaptability, conveying information, managing conflict, organized thinking, and problem solving are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course introduces concepts and basic theories of interpersonal communication. Students will identify areas for personal improvement and for increasing their repertoire of communication behavior choices. Competencies in the areas of listening, perceiving, integrating, and conveying information are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course introduces the basic concepts of newsgathering and reporting for contemporary media. Emphasis is placed on developing writing and information gathering skills, using Associated Press style, and understanding the legal and ethical obligations of media writing. Prerequisite: EN 101
This course examines the theory and practice of persuasion in various contemporary contexts including campaigns, movements, media, and advertising. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the appeals made in persuasive messages and judging the ethicality of persuasion. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course introduces concepts and theories pertaining to conflict communication, conflict styles, and problem solving techniques needed to resolve conflict in work, social, and personal areas of problem solving, conflict resolution, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course provides a wide range of communication theories with a special emphasis on direct application through the introduction of models/concepts designed to improve communication skills in a variety of contexts and communication environments. Competencies in the areas of relationship development, listening, socialization, cognitive processing, and dealing with conflict are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course examines the theory and practice of health communication. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal relationships, social and cultural issues, and mediated messages concerning health communication. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course surveys the history and present state of public relations. Emphasis is placed on process, strategies, and tactics of public relations. Prerequisite: CA 109 and CA 228
This course presents theories, models, case studies, and processes relevant to the study of diversity and communication. Students are provided the opportunity for direct application of course materials to enhance diverse communication skills in a variety of contexts. Competencies addressed include: critical thinking, leadership and influence, ethics, listening, managing conflict, and emotional intelligence. Prerequisite: CA 109
This course examines the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion/disease prevention programs. Emphasis is placed on the role of theory and research in campaigns, as well as on the production of communication. Prerequisite: CA 228, CA 301, and CA 323.
This course examines a variety of contemporary issues in health communication, including health stigma and health literacy. The course also investigates trends in health communication, including new communication technology, intercultural communication, and risk/crisis management. Prerequisites: CA 315

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