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, where it is cross listed. With an interdisciplinary 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 (government, NGO, NFP) 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 by being offered in a multi-modal format. That is, students can choose to either take it in block mode (concentrated short-time face-to-face engagements paired with online study) or fully online mode (video meetings plus independent study). In addition, 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 (also offered in either format).

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: Digital Communication and Culture, Media Practice, Publishing, Strategic Public Relations.

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
  • 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

 

Example pathways

To guide your choice of electives, please consult the table below. The table groups units of study within the Health Communication program by areas of professional practice pursued by graduates. Note that these groupings are not award specialisations and are offered as suggestions only, meant to provide direction for designing a beneficial study plan. Students may choose other electives based on availability and meeting any prerequisites.

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

GCST5910 (6)

Health Pleasure and Consumption

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

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

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

MECO6901 (6)

Media Relations

GLOH5115 (6)

Women's and Children's Health

CISS6004 (6)

Health and Security

EDPK5003 (6)

Developing a Research Project

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

LAWS6839 (6)

Critical Issues in Public Health Law

GLOH5124 (6)

Humanitarian Crises and Refugee Health

GCST5910 (6)

Health Pleasure and Consumption

MECO6939 (6)

Research Methods

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

HPOL5000 (6)

Health Policy and Health Economics

GLOH5115 (6)

Women's and Children's Health

MECO6940 (6)

Theoretical Traditions & Innovations

MECO6942 (6)

Managing Social Media Communities

MECO6900 (6)

News Writing

HPOL5007 (6)

Global Health Policy

HPOL5003 (6)

Analysing Health Policy

MECO6942 (6)

Managing Social Media Communities

PUBH5033 (6)

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

MECO6901 (6)

Media Relations

LAWS6052 (6)

Gov't Regulations, Health Policy & Ethics

LAWS6848 (6)

Law and Health Lifestyles

PUBH5010 (6)

Epidemiology Methods and Uses

PUBH5120 (6)

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health

MECO6915 (6)

Writing Features: Narrative Journalism

LAWS6839 (6)

Critical Issues in Public Health Law

LNGS7504 (6)

Medical Discourse

PUBH5018 (6)

Introductory Biostatistics

PUBH5227 (6)

Public Health Program Evaluation Methods

MECO6926 (6)

International Media Practice

LAWS6848 (6)

Law and Health Lifestyles

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

PUBH5121 (4)

Environmental Health

PUBH5430 (6)

Public Health Advocacy

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

MECO6901 (6)

Media Relations

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

PUBH5227 (6)

Public Health Program Evaluation Methods

PUBH5551 (6)

Climate Change & Public Health

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

MECO6908 (6)

Strategy Selection in Corporate PR

MECO6942 (6)

Managing Social Media Communities

PUBH5422 (6)

Health & Risk Communication

SEXH5410 (6)

Sexual Health Promotion

PUBH5121 (6)

Environmental Health

MECO6926 (6)

International Media Practice

NURS5099 (6)

Promoting Health & Care in the Community

PUBH5505 (6)

Qualitative Health Research

 

 

PUBH5145 (6)

Alcohol, Drug Use and Health

MECO6936 (6)

Social Media Communication

PUBH5120 (6)

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health

SCLG6902 (6)

Doing Social Research

 

PUBH5426 (6)

Vaccines in Public Health

MECO6941 (6)

Podcasting

PUBH5422 (6)

Health and Risk Communication

 

 

PUBH5418 (6)

Tobacco Control in the 21st Century

PUBH5422 (6)

Health and Risk Communication

 

PUBH5430 (6)

Public Health Advocacy

   

PUBH5551 (6)

Climate Change & Public Health

PUBH5430 (6)

Public Health Advocacy

 SCWK6910 (6)

Working with Communities


Contacts and further information

Contact details can be found on these websites:

Department of Media and Communications
School of Literature, Art and Media