MS in Communication: Health Communication

Overview

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

Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
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

Fall 2017

Main Session, 9/5 - 12/15
Fall Session I, 9/5 - 10/24
Fall Session II, 10/25 - 12/13

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 701 Communication, Ethics & Society Hybrid: 1st on-campus meeting 9/11 Laramee, Michael M 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5 - 12/15
COM 703 Communication Research Hybrid: 1st on-campus meeting 9/5 Rizzo, Ricci T 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5 - 12/15
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Hybrid: 1st on-campus meeting 9/7 TBA R 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 9/5 - 12/15
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination
Prereq: COM 703 Min Grad: B-
Online Barrett, Janice Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
COM 798 Special Study Project
Prereq: COM 795 Min Grad: B-
Online Laramee, Michael Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
COM 799 Professional Internship Online Quinn, Kate Main Session 9/5 - 12/15
COM 703 Communication Research Online Rizzo, Ricci Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 709 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Online Santos, Jovonte Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 713 Writing for Public Relations Online O'Connor, Jo Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 751 Health Communication Online Greene, Neil Session I 9/5 - 10/24
COM 722 Crisis Communication Online Barrett, Janice Session II 10/25 - 12/13
COM 738 Persuasion & Public Opinion Online Alland, Helene Session II 10/25 - 12/13

SUMMER 2017

Summer Main Session, 5/16-8/25
Summer Session I, 5/16-7/5
Summer Session II, 7/6-8/25

Course NumberNameFormatInstructorDay/TimeSession Dates
COM 797 Thesis (Prereq: COM795) Online Janbek, Dana Online 5/16-8/25
COM 799 Professional Internship Online Burrows, Sarah Online 5/16-8/25
COM 701 Communication, Ethics & Society Online Janbek, Dana Session I 5/16 - 7/5
COM 722 Crisis Communication Hybrid Barrett, Janice W 6:30PM - 9:00 PM 5/16 - 7/5
COM 730 Graphic Design for the Marketplace Hybrid Shaftel, Lisa R 6:30PM - 9:00 PM 5/16 - 7/5
COM 743 Integrated Marketing Com & the Internet Online Lopez-Preciado, Luis Session I 5/16 - 7/5
COM 796 Comprehensive Examination (Prereq: COM703) Online Barrett, Janice Session I 5/16 - 7/5
COM 702 Organizational Communication Online Laramee, Michael Session II 7/6 - 8/25
COM 705 Media Relations Online Janbek, Dana Session II 7/6 - 8/25
COM 706 Global Relations Online Janbek, Dana Session II 7/6 - 8/25
COM 738 Peruasion & Public Opinion Online Lopez-Preciado, Luis Session II 7/6 - 8/25

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 international applicants who have earned 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.

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