Health Communication


Health Communication is the advocacy of health programs and issues of public interest through the media. The role of Health Communication is further challenged by fracturing audiences, disparate channels of delivery and the opposition of powerful vested interest groups such as the Tobacco, Alcohol and Pharmaceutical industries.

Health Communication studies combines the expertise of the School of Public Health and the Department of Media and Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

For further information: Health Communication course structure and links.


To train Health Communication professionals in media and equip them with knowledge, understanding and expertise in current public health issues and practices.

Some of the elective subject areas include:

  • Literary Journalism: History and Theory
  • Tobacco Control in the 21st Century
  • Public Health Advocacy
  • Health Issues & Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Culture, Health, Illness and Medicine

Career opportunities

Health communication professionals are employed in:

  • Public interest advocacy groups
  • Federal and State Departments of Health and similar agencies
  • Community relations organisations
  • Journalism

Why study Health Communication

Health Communication is the pre-eminent course of its type in Australia

This program combines the specialist teaching of media and public health across two faculties.

These courses are industry focussed and, with many academics haivng professional industry experience, you'll benefit from cutting-edge knowledge, contacts, and networking opportunities.

The broad selection of elective units means your degree can be tailored to your individual needs.

Master's students have the opportunity to do an internship and gain practical work experience before they graduate.

Apply now for the available study programs

  • Master of Health Communication
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Communication

Postgrad mid-year applications

Professional development short courses