Health Communication is one of the newest concentrations in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University.
Communication plays critical roles in health and risk behavior, health care, health promotion, and influences both health outcomes and the cost of health care. In the past decade, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services have recognized that communication is vital to achieving the nation's health promotion and disease prevention agenda.
One of the greatest areas of job growth is in health-related professions. These include health care professions, health marketing, public health, and health promotion through agencies and non-profit organizations. At the same time, the most recent job outlook statistics from the National Association for Colleges and Employers rank effective communication skills as the most important job characteristic employers consider when making hiring decisions, ranking above even technical skills.
The health communication major promotes skills in health care communication and training, social support, health literacy, media literacy, and the design and development of health messages, programs, and campaigns.