Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Communicating in Healthcare, Certificate (0475)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/communication/


Program Coordinator

Jie-Young Kong, jieyoung.kong@wku.edu, (270) 745-6578

The Communicating in Healthcare Certificate is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the role of communication in healthcare contexts. This certificate will explore interpersonal as well as organizational factors affecting healthcare and will assist students in developing communication strategies and skills. Students completing the program not only will understand how to communicate more effectively within their health profession but also will know how better to communicate with patients to maximize compliance and enhance advocacy.

This certificate provides 12 hours of advanced coursework in communication within the healthcare context. Students will take 6 credit hours of required courses related to health communication and health campaigns, and 6 credit hours of restricted electives from intercultural, group, interpersonal, or organization communication, and from healthcare administration, public health, or gerontology. All of the coursework can be completed online and in one year.

Program Admission 

Submit an academic writing sample from an undergraduate or graduate course.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (12 hours)

Required Courses
COMM 523Health Communication3
COMM 553Health Communication Campaigns3
Restricted Electives
Select 6 hours from the following:6
Communication in the Nonprofit Sector
Crisis Communication
Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Applied Organizational Communication
Process of Group Communication
Intercultural Communication
Health Care Organization and Management
Strategic Management & Marketing of Health Services
Community Health Organization
Public Health Issues in Women's Health
Health Disparities
Introduction to Public Health
Applied Methods in Public Health Practice/Field Epidemiology
Health Behavior
Nursing, Politics and Health Policy
Leadership and Management in Nursing Administration
Total Hours12