MS in Communication: Health Communication


Master of Science in Communication

As one of today’s most rapidly evolving industries, the healthcare field has high demand for knowledgeable, skilled communicators. In the Health Communication graduate program, you will acquire the skills to launch a health campaign or brand health services, and master the embedded ethical issues to advance your career at a hospital, biotech corporation, governmental agency, or non-profit organization.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core MS in Communication curriculum
  • 9 credits of Health Communication concentration courses
  • 6 credits of Management or Communication electives
  • Capstone internship, research project, thesis, or comprehensive examination


Concentration Courses
COM751 Health Communication 3
COM756 Health Promotions & Campaigns 3
COM758 Branding Health Services 3
MSC Core Requirements
COM701 Communication, Ethics, & Society 3
COM702 Organizational Communication 3
COM703 Communication Research 3
COM705 Media Relations 3
COM709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution 3
COM738 Persuasion & Public Opinion 3
Choose 1 from the following:
COM796 Comprehensive Examination 3
COM797 Thesis 3
COM798 Special Study Project 3
COM799 Professional Internship 3

Two Electives: 6 credits
Students may take any courses offered at the graduate level to fulfill their elective credits

Course Schedule

Spring 2017

Spring Main Session, 1/17-5/4
Spring Session I, 1/17-3/7
Spring Session II, 3/21-5/9

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 702 Organizational Communication Hybrid (1st on-campus meeting 1/18) TBA W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
COM 703 Communication Research Hybrid (1st on-campus meeting 1/23) Laramee, Michael M 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
COM 705 Media Relations Hybrid (1st on-campus meeting 1/18) TBA W 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Hybrid (1st on-campus meeting 1/19) Santos, Jovonte R 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Hybrid (1st on-campus meeting 1/17) Alland, Helene T 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 1/17 - 5/4
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination (Prereq: COM703 B- or better) Online Barrett, Janice Online 1/17 - 5/4
COM 797 Thesis (Prereq: COM703 B- or better & permission from instructor) Online Janbek, Dana Online 1/17 - 5/4
COM 798 Special Study Project (Prereq: COM703 B- or better) Online Laramee, Michael Online 1/17 - 5/4
COM 799 Professional Internship Online Burrows, Sarah Online 1/17 - 5/4
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Online Barrett, Janice Session I 1/17 - 3/7
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Online O'Connor, Jo Session I 1/17 - 3/7
COM 744 Integrated Marketing Com Planning Online O'Connor, Jo Session I 1/17 - 3/7
COM 758 Branding Health Services Online Greene, Neil Session I 1/17 - 3/7
COM 703 Communication Research Online Borden, Dan Session II 3/21 - 5/9
COM 721 Principles of Public Relations Online Janbek, Dana Session II 3/21 - 5/9
COM 725 Advertising Online Borden, Dan Session II 3/21 - 5/9
COM 756 Health Promotions & Campaigns Online TBA Session II 3/21 - 5/9

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell College's Communication graduate degree or certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission.  The TOEFL may be waived for students whose native language is English or students who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.

Lasell's Communication graduate degree program offers three concentrations: Public RelationsIntegrated Marketing Communications, and Health Communication.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
  3. Two professional letters of recommendation from either faculty or employers
  4. A one page personal statement describing your goals, strengths and potential for achievement in graduate school
  5. Resume

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates withfewer than 3 years of professional work experience.*

Materials should be addressed to:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell College
1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466