Founded by Dr. Lisa Sparks, one of America’s leading health communication researchers, the Master of Science in health and strategic communication (HCOM) is an accelerated one-year program that brings together social scientists, statisticians, and communication experts to train students how to facilitate better understanding and health habits between medical professionals and patients.
Our faculty’s strong relationships with various agencies, organizations, universities and hospitals throughout Southern California and the world provide unparalleled opportunities for research, internships and work experiences.
Health and Strategic Communication is one of the fastest growing areas in the communication field.
Graduates of the HCOM program can have increased knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Educate the public and the healthcare industry about relevant health information
- Work with health-care providers and community leaders to develop, implement and evaluate widespread community health-based programs
- Improve communication and relationships between patients and health-care providers
- Work one-on-one with community groups to achieve community health-care goals
- Assist with emergency and crisis communications
- Work in local, state and federal agencies; hospitals; non-profits; public health departments; insurance companies; foundations; publishing firms; and universities
Graduates of the HCOM M.S. Program have gone on to work in a variety of health-related careers at such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Planned Parenthood, UCLA Health, Orange County United Way, the American Cancer Society, the Entertainment Industries Council, USC's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and Maricich Healthcare Communications. Our alumni have also been admitted to dental programs at the University of Southern California and Baylor University and the psychology and social behavior Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine.