In our Health Communication and Media minor, learn theory, research and practice of health communication.
Recent TCU graduates with this minor have gone on to careers in strategic communication firms that specialize in health clients, as internal communication professionals for health organizations or into masters programs in public health. Other career areas include sports teams, non-profit groups, health organizations, government agencies and many more.
Students who are interested in the minor and have more questions can reach out to Dr. Wendy Macias, associate dean of undergraduate studies.
The interdisciplinary courses include:
HCOM 10313 Foundations of Health Communication: This class aims to provide you with an overview of the field of health communication and enhance your understanding about it. Specifically, you will learn most studied major topical areas in healthcare and health communication,, theories and methods used to guide health communication research and intervention, and design and evaluations of health campaigns.
HCOM 20303 Health, Communication & Media: A beginning look at issues and opportunities in the areas of health, communication and media. This class is designed to help students examine social and media forces of health communication that impact diverse groups. Topics will include health promotion campaigns, media health edutainment, interpersonal health communication and media advocacy and outreach.
HCOM 20313 Interpersonal Health Communication: The quality of relational communication is fundamentally tied to human health. This course aims to better understand how interpersonal communication affects people’s physiological well-being by studying the health outcomes associated with relational processes like emotional expression, disclosure, affection, and conflict.
HCOM 30313 Health Communication in the 21st Century: Globalization, technological advancement, and new media have been revolutionized and complicated issues in health communication and healthcare. This class is designed to help students examine social and media forces of health communication that impact diverse groups in the 21st century. We will take a close examination of the latest issues and opportunities in the areas of health, communication and media. Topics will include e-health, m-health, telemedicine, health campaigns, culture and diversity in healthcare. (Prerequisites: HCOM 10313 or 20303)
HCOM 40933 Health Communication Campaigns: Learn how a health communication campaign is created and executed. Students will utilize their accumulated knowledge from their minor courses to analyze health campaign case studies, then create and execute a health communication campaign as a team. (Prerequisites: HCOM 10313 and 20303)
HCOM 40970 Health Communication Special Topics: Specific topics requiring independent or small group research and study in health communication. (Prerequisite: HCOM 10313 or 20303)