When you complete the master’s degree in Health Communication, you’ll be able to:

  • Employ communication strategy, methods, and technology to communicate information, influence audiences, or affect change on health-related topics and issues.
  • Evaluate the value and significance of traditional, social, and digital media practice in the health communication field.
  • Demonstrate competence in communicating about healthcare, including how to develop purpose-driven, audience-specific materials.
  • Understand and apply ethical and socially responsible health communication practices and strategies that consider privacy, regulatory, and legal issues specific to the healthcare industry.
  • Interpret and apply basic communication research fundamentals to the field of health communication.
  • Analyze, synthesize, interpret, and present health and scientific information using clear and concise messaging for public, media, and/or stakeholder consumption.

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Program Highlights

BU’s Master’s in Health Communication is recognized as a top program. Here are a few reasons why:

Flexible 100% online format makes it easy to study at the pace and place that works for you. 32 credits to completion means you can complete the MSHC online in 15-18 months.
MET offers merit scholarships to help finance your degree. No GRE or GMAT required.
15:1 Class Ratio
Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to the support you need to thrive.
Program Awards
BU is the recipient of numerous awards from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
Extensive network opens doors
Diverse online classrooms ensure vital connections with other students and professionals from around the world. Benefit from an alum community with strong professional connections.
Holistic Preparation
Understand biosystems and disease, social and cultural determinants of public health, American healthcare system, and epidemiology to communicate in a way the media and public can understand.
Engaged, connected faculty
Over the course of the Master’s in Health Communication program, you’ll work with highly qualified faculty who have hands-on expertise in health care, media, public health education, public relations, and healthcare marketing.
The Boston University reputation
When you have a degree from Boston University, that means something. Named to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), BU is one of the top research universities in the United States and Canada. And as a graduate, you’ll be able to take that name with you. Always.
A city unlike any other
As a well-known mecca for healthcare, Boston is home to some of the most prestigious hospitals and research centers in the world. With accessibility like that, BU alums have an inside track to job opportunities at the very heart of the healthcare sector.
Career Outlook

BU MET – For those who want to lead

Earning the MS in Health Communication has propelled our graduates to positions far and wide.

Recent graduates have established their careers at:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Cigna
  • Genzyme
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • American Red Cross
  • Aetna
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Beth Israel Lahey Health

Potential careers:

  • Public Health Communications
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Health Education
  • Community Health Organizing
  • Healthcare Marketing Communications
  • Patient Experience
  • Social Media Communications
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Crisis Management


Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.6 million new jobs.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or older by 2034, leading to a greater demand for healthcare services.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The impact of digital technology in healthcare will continue to reverberate, with venture funding for health tech innovators at $14 billion in 2020 and expected to increase.

Source: Deloitte

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Boston University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

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