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Health Communication, BA , Minor

Overview

Health communication is one of the fastest growing fields in the communication disciplines. 

Health Communication is an emerging field in which professional communicators inform, influence, and motivate individual, institutional, and public audiences about important health issues.

The field is concerned with better understanding and addressing issues and experiences related to communication between patients and healthcare providers; social support in health contexts; dissemination of health information; risk and crisis communication; communication in healthcare organizations; and the use of emerging technology to improve health and healthcare.

The Health Communication major at DeSales University provides students with a comprehensive theoretical foundation in Communication that can be applied to health contexts. The major allows students to take a variety of communication-based courses in persuasion, theory, professional speaking, public relations, and research methods. They also complete more specialized courses in health communication related to patient-provider interactions; media and health; health and culture; risk communication; and health campaigns.

Students who earn a degree in Health Communication will be well versed in research and applied skills that allow them to enrich themselves and their community

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Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

When to Apply
We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT scores—official from the College Board or on your official high school transcript.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

Curriculum

You'll study courses in patient-provider communication, media and health, and medical terminology. 

The Bachelor of Arts curriculum in Health Communication would require the student to complete 40 courses with at least 16 of those in Health Communication related coursework. See our graduation checklist for a detailed list of course requirements.

A minor in Health Communication is offered as well. This requires students to take three core Communication courses and 3 Health Communication electives. 

Careers & Internships

Career opportunities for majors in Health Communication exist in for-profit and nonprofit agencies, including government, hospitals, health departments, schools, and other industries.

Students may also consider pursuing an advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in fields like communication, public health, health education, or sociology. A degree in Health Communication will provide a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare students for an advanced degree or to enter fields related to:

  • Community Health Literacy
  • Community Health Intervention 
  • Health Campaign Design
  • Health Education
  • Marketing/Public Relations for Healthcare Institutions
  • Medical Writing/Journalism
  • Mobile Health “App” Design
  • Physician/Patient Liaison
  • Public Health Advocacy
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Public Health Policy
  • Social Work

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2019-2020

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $37,200

Room and Board - $13,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200

Total = $51,900 (including freshman/transfer fees)
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Total cost for resident students: $56,174

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,304
Transportation Costs - $2,808
Total cost for commuter students: $45,278

Off-Campus*

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Transportation Costs - $2,304
Living Expenses - $7,048
Total cost for off-campus students: $52,326
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator