Health Communication

Coursework

The Master of Health Communication delivers core communication skills to help students to become effective communicators across health and medicine, public affairs, public relations, community relations, and journalistic aspects of public health. Our unique Health Communication program is the most comprehensive and specialised course of its kind in Australia, combining the expertise of the Department of Media and Communications with the public health resources of the School of Public Health. With a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach to both communication and public health, our program incorporates media marketing, as well as organisational and health communication skill building.

The Master program provides communication skills for aspiring and professional health advocates in public and corporate health communications, health care public affairs, public relations, community relations, healthcare promotions and health journalism. It offers a solid, evidence-based education in international health, community-oriented health practice, obesity and other disease prevention strategies. The flexible program is designed to meet the needs of those already working in, or wishing to enter, the private and public health sectors, as well as non-government and community organisations. The Graduate Diploma (1 year full-time) and Graduate Certificate (6 months full-time) courses provide shorter avenues to update and extend one’s professional skills, or to explore new career directions.

Our degrees will equip students with knowledge, understanding and expertise across communication and health disciplines, incorporating a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach. Units of study provide training in clear communication of public health campaigns and policy topics, the creation of public education programs that nurture a more healthcare-literate population, the ability to raise awareness of, and advocate for, specific healthcare matters, and management of communication technology, including social media, to ensure information accuracy and uphold ethical standards. Featuring a well-regarded internship program, students will have the chance to attain high-level skills from work experience while fostering professional contacts and networks prior to completion.

See also: Media Practice, Publishing, Strategic Public Relations, Digital Communication and Cultures

To assist with your elective unit selection, we provide the following pathways based on the typical professional areas, graduates with a health communication degree enter. They are suggestions only (i.e., students can choose other electives as well based on availability and acceptance) but are meant to provide direction for selecting a beneficial study plan.

Master of Health Communication suggested pathways

Health communication research

Health promotion/marketing

Health journalism/writing

Health PR/policy support

Community Engagement

BETH5207 (6)

Creativity and Creative Arts in Health

ARIN6905 (6)

New Media Audiences

ARIN6903(6)

Digital Media and Society

ARIN6902 (6)

Internet Cultures and Governance

ARIN6905 (6)

New Media Audiences

BETH5209 (6)

Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics

BETH5203 (6)

Ethics and Public Health

BETH5203 (6)

Ethics and Public Health

ARIN6903(6)

Digital Media and Society

BETH5203 (6)

Ethics and Public Health

EDPK5003 (6)

Developing a Research Project

GCST5902 (6)

Natures and Cultures of Bodies

CISS6004 (6)

Health and Security

BETH5203 (6)

Ethics and Public Health

BETH5207 (6)

Creativity and Creative Arts in Health

LNGS7002 (6)

Language, Society and Power

GCST5910 (6)

Health Pleasure and Consumption

GLOH5112 (6)

Global Communicable Disease Control

BATH5209 (6)

Medicines, Policy, Economics & Ethics

DVST6906 (6)

Culture and  Politics of Health Development

LNGS7006 (6)

Cross-cultural Communication

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

GLOH5115 (6)

Women's and Children's Health

CISS6004 (6)

Health and Security

EDPK5003 (6)

Developing a Research Project

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

MECO6901 (6)

Media Relations

LAWS6839 (6)

Critical Issues in Public Health Law

GLOH5124 (6)

Humanitarian Crises and Refugee Health

GCST5902 (6)

Natures and Cultures of Bodies

MECO6942 (6)

Managing Social Media Communities

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

HPOL5000 (6)

Health Policy and HEalth Economics

GCST5910 (6)

Health Pleasure and Consumption

PUBH5010 (6)

Epidemiology Methods and Uses

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

MECO6900 (6)

News Writing

HPOL5007 (6)

Global Health Policy

GLOH5115 (6)

Women's and Children's Health

PUBH5018 (6)

Introductory Biostatistics

MECO6942 (6)

Managing Social Media Communities

MECO6901 (6)

Media Relations

LAWS6052 (6)

Gov't Regulations, Health Policy & Ethics

LAWS6848 (6)

Law and Health Lifestyles

PUBH5121 (4)

Environmental Health

PUBH5033 (6)

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

MECO6915 (6)

Writing Features: Narrative Journalism

LAWS6839 (6)

Critical Issues in Public Health Law

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

PUBH5227 (6)

Public Health Program Evaluation Methods

PUBH5120 (6)

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health

MECO6926 (6)

International Media Practice

LAWS6848 (6)

Law and Health Lifestyles

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

PUBH5422 (6)

Health & Risk Communication

 

 PUBH5227 (6)

Public Health Program Evaluation Methods

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

MECO6901 (6)

Media Relations

MECO6942 (6)

Managing Social Media Communities

PUBH5505 (6)

Qualitative Health Research

PUBH5430 (6)

Public Health Advocacy

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

MECO6908 (6)

Strategy Selection in Corporate PR

PUBH5032 (2)

Making Decisions in Public Health

SCLG6902 (6)

Doing Social Research

SEXH5410 (6)

Sexual Health Promotion 1

PUBH5121 (6)

Environmental Health

MECO6926 (6)

International Media Practice

PUBH5120 (6)

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health

 

 

PUBH5145 (6)

Alcohol, Drug Use and Health

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

PUBH5422 (6)

Health and Risk Communication

 

 

PUBH5126 (6)

Genetics and Public Health

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

PUBH5430 (6)

Public Health Advocacy

 

 

PUBH5126 (6)

Genetics and Public Health

PUBH5422 (6)

Health and Risk Communication

 

SCWK6910 (6)

Working with Communities

   

PUBH5418 (6)

Tobacco Control in the 21st Century

PUBH5430 (6)

Public Health Advocacy

 

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the Course Rules in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Master of Health Communication
Candidates for the Master of Health Communication must complete 72 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study
  • at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Graduate Diploma in Health Communication
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication must complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points from core units of study
  • a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study

Graduate Certificate in Health Communication
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication must complete 24 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a maximum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study


Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning

Full-time duration

Credit points to complete

AQF Level 7 e.g. a bachelor's degree in a directly relevant field in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Medicine

1.5 years (dependent on the specialisation selected)

72

Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate

1.5 years

72

AQF Level 8 e.g. Honours in a relevant discipline

1 year

48

Contact

Contact details can be found on these websites:

Department of Media and Communications website: sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/
School of Literature, Art and Media website: sydney.edu.au/arts/slam/