Health Communication, B.A. Online

Health Communication, B.A. Online


¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ’s Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication program prepares students to ethically and strategically engage in health-related communications in a variety of contexts.

The fully online Health Communication B.A. is designed for students interested in strategic communication with an emphasis on messages targeting health-related outcomes. In this program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how people understand and respond to health-related messaging in a variety of circumstances. You’ll learn to plan, implement, and evaluate these messages to impact health outcomes across individual, community, and societal levels.

As one of the only fully online bachelor’s in health communication in San Diego county, you can study in a flexible, comfortable environment as you build your expertise in the broad and fastest growing sector in communications studies.

Learn crucial communication skills in an online environment

With a degree in health communication, you’ll be prepared to develop and evaluate health campaigns, study the adoption of e-health systems, interview patients and providers, and work to research and implement the best ways to communicate health information — all for the promotion of better health.

In this program, you can also expect to develop the knowledge and skill to communicate more effectively, solve problems, strengthen relationships with internal and external groups, and navigate emerging media and technologies. You’ll learn both verbal and nonverbal communication in a variety of contexts, including intercultural, ethical, and health-related conversations.

Develop strategies while learning on your terms

This online program gives you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You can complete coursework in the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or local library while choosing a study schedule that works best for you. 

Online learning is perfect for those who learn in ways that aren’t often found in traditional classrooms — watching instructional videos, listening to audio lectures at your preferred speed, or dedicating extra study time to tricky topics. You can always connect with professors to help find the best ways to absorb and apply your learning.

Prioritize time for life’s commitments

Learning shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you love. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments. 

While completing this program, you’ll still be able to continue spending time with family, thriving at your full- or part-time workplace, or leisure time. 

Communication and community without commuting

Commuting can be stressful and time-consuming — especially in San Diego. Thankfully, you can learn online while still benefiting from ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ’s strong focus on community. In this program, you’ll meaningfully connect with other students online as you learn and grow in your leadership expertise.

You’ll also have access to top-tier mentorship from professors and advisors committed to your personal, professional and spiritual growth. They’ll help you to leverage your strengths to expand your connections and career opportunities. You’ll be able to access resources tailored to you and your career goals.

A seamless transition from your past education

A counselor and coordinator will work with you through every step of your journey to complete your bachelor’s, from helping you transfer previously-earned credit to working alongside you with care and encouragement as you earn your degree. You won’t feel like you’re starting a brand-new program — rather, it will be a natural continuation of your previous education experience.

Students applying for this program can also start with as few as zero college credits completed. ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ offers all general education, elective, and prerequisite courses needed for completion of the strategic communication program. All courses are three units spanning eight weeks, with the exception of the Biblical Perspectives course. With entry points every eight weeks, you can start whenever you're ready!

Who is it for?Busy working adults who prefer independence.
Program StartSix start dates year-round
Program Structure100% online and asynchronous
LocationOnline — flexible
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Military Tuition Discount

¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ offers a flat rate of $250 per unit for all active duty service members who enroll in this program.

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Summer 2024 Quad II — July 1, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Quad I — September 2, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Quad II — October 28, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Quad I — January 13, 2025
  • Spring 2025 Quad II — March 17, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad I — May 12, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad II — July 7, 2025

Please select "Accelerated ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ" and not "¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ" when completing the online application.

Application Checklist

The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:

Career Opportunities

¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ’s Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication program offers a dynamic curriculum designed to prepare students for a wide range of fulfilling careers relating to health communication through health promotion, health education, hospital administration, advertising and public relations, working in nonprofit or philanthropic organizations, and much more.

Possible career titles for those with a degree in health communication include:

  • Health education specialist
  • Healthcare marketing specialist
  • Patient advocate
  • Patient services coordinator
  • Director of health & wellness programs for employees
  • Health public relations specialist
  • Nonprofit director
  • Program analyst
  • Human resource specialist
  • Medical sales representative
  • Pharmaceutical promotions/public relations representative
  • Human resources benefits

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes! This program is designed with busy working adults in mind.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You'll have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ's Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

Do you accept transfer credits into your program?

Yes! Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

How long do I have to complete the program?

The expected completion time will vary depending on how many units you enter the program with and how many classes you choose to take at a time

How many days a week do classes meet?

The health communication program does not have synchronous classes, meaning there will not be a time where you are required to be online, except for math courses, which are taught through Zoom one evening per week.

What’s the difference between this degree completion program and a traditional undergraduate program?

The program provides greater flexibility and affordability than most traditional undergraduate programs while maintaining high academic quality by integrating evening courses. The program is ideal for students looking to advance in their careers while balancing work and family life.

¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

How many hours of transferable college credit are required for admissions to the program?

You can start our program with as little as 0 units completed. ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ offers General Education, Electives, and upper-division program coursework.

What types of benefits or aid do you have for military members?

  • ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ offers a tuition discount flat rate of $250 per unit for all active duty service members who enroll in one of the following ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ Adult ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ Degree Programs: Bachelor of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership B.A, Child Development B.A., RN to BSN, Criminal Justice B.A., Computer Information Technology B.A., Strategic Communications B.A., Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Education B.A., Health Communication, B.A. 
  • ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ accepts VA educational benefits, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.
  • ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ also participates as a Yellow Ribbon School, which means in most cases you can pursue a private education without having to pay out-of-pocket, not even for fees or books.
  • Because you are a person who has provided military service to our country, we will also waive your application fee.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible to apply for our online programs. You are only eligible if you reside in one of our authorized states. Visit our disclosures page to learn more.

If you are a military spouse or serving overseas, contact military services.

Course List

For information about the courses required for the Health Communication, B.A. program, view the ¹ú²ú͵ÅÄ Catalog. 

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