B.A. in Health Communication

Do you like to solve problems? Enjoy strategizing the best ways to combat health issues? Do you have skills that include problem-solving, seeing the “big-picture” and setting strategies to devise campaigns?  Are you interested in current social issues or health challenges, but do not see yourself providing direct patient care?

The answers to these questions might lead you to major or minor in health communication at Otterbein. From identifying health communication problems and solving them, to creating strategic plans and executing them, you will learn and practice the elements of planning and problem-solving in non-profits, hospitals, and other health care settings.

In Health Communication classes you might:

  • Master the language and processes of health communication in personal and public contexts
  • Understand health care communication within various social contexts
  • Affect health issues and how policy is made in regulatory and legislative arenas
  • Write clearly and strategically for multiple/targeted audiences
  • Speak as informer, advocate, or persuader
  • Problem-solve real health communication issues

Degree Course Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Health Communication
  • Special Topics in Health Communication
  • Health Communication Case Studies
Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Students will produce written work that meets professional industry standards. Knowledgeable
2. Students will demonstrate competency in message construction and delivery to a variety of audiences in a variety of settings Engaged
3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to communication ethics, laws and regulations, and professional ethical standards. Responsible
4. Students will demonstrate competency in creating argument that is informed by appropriate research and evaluation of information. Multi-literate
5. Students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking and problem solving. Knowledgeable
6. Students will demonstrate facileness in adapting to technological change. Inquisitive
7. Students will demonstrate competency in the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships in a variety of contexts and for multiple purposes. Engaged

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.