Online Master of Arts in Health Communication (HealthComm)

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Play a Pivotal Role in Shaping Impactful Health Care Messaging

Effective communication is critical in every profession, especially for those in health care. With your Master of Arts in Health Communication from Hawaii Pacific University, you can be an essential part of how people comprehend and adapt to health news and updates 

This program can give you the knowledge and tools to shape public perceptions and promote health advocacy—in a supportive and inclusive online environment. 

Our faculty members, who are experts in their fields, offer instruction in the development and use of health-related and care-related messages and mediafrom both theoretical and practical perspectives. Together, they will cover topics including patient-provider discussions, family and community communication, patient advocacy, health care literacy, intervention and care planning, public health campaigns, and the role of marketing and social media in consumers’ health behaviors. 

We designed this program to help you graduate equipped with the compassion, knowledge, and skills to lead health care communication today, crafting messages with specific audiences in mind in both digital and non-digital channels. 


Length: 5 Semesters, 18 months

Upcoming Start Date: Summer
August 26, 2024

Learn from professors who are at the top of their fields

Earn your degree 100% online, even while you continue working

16% projected job growth in next 10 years*

134,000 job postings in last 12 months*

26% of employers prefer or require a master’s degree*

$66,800 median advertised salary*

*Burning Glass

Why Earn Your Master of Arts in Health Communication with HPU?

Earn your online Master of Arts in Health Communication, and you can benefit from a supportive learning community no matter where you are. Our expert-led program offers you the opportunity to learn how to communicate nuanced but critical information from experienced practitioners and alongside people who share your passion for service.

Our approach to learning starts with the spirit of collaboration, so you can study when and where it’s convenient for you while still making connections and building your network.

An Informed Population Is a Healthier Population

Whether you’re new to the communication and health care fields or you're an established professional, this program can help you build the skills to shape and deliver professional health care messages effectively and clearly for diverse audiences. What you learn with HPU can help you make a real difference and impact lives in your community and abroad.

If you are not yet ready to start your master’s or you simply want to improve upon your current skill set, our low-cost, low-risk micro-credential in HealthComm might be the right option for you.

Once you complete your degree, you can prepare to pursue exciting roles including:

  • Physician liaison
  • Advocacy manager
  • Health information manager
  • Public relations account executive
  • Director of public relations
  • Social and health program consultant
  • Communication manager
  • Senior communication specialist
  • Medical writer
  • Director of marketing

Admission Requirements

  • Application and fee ($55) 
  • Current resume 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • Official transcripts (by end of first semester enrolled) or unofficial transcripts can be submitted for review 
    • GPA of 2.5* 
    • For active military servicemembers and veterans: a copy of Joint Service Transcript or CCAF  
  • Proof of English proficiency  
    • For international applicants: minimum overall English proficiency TOEFL (IBT) score of 80 and writing score of 25, and IELTS overall score of 6.5 and writing score of 6.5  

Up to 50% of total program credits can be transferred. This occurs after admission qualification, and the process typically takes two weeks. 

*If you have a GPA lower than 2.5, your application will go to review and you may still be admitted.