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Health Communication, B.A., B.S.

Health communication involves highly skilled, educated, technical professionals relaying information to consumers, health care providers, and other stakeholders. Skilled health communication professionals have become central to the success of the health care industry, including its success in maintaining wellness and conquering disease.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

Health Communication is one of four undergraduate majors offered by Grand Valley's School of Communications. Students take courses in the health communication core and biomedical sciences. The curriculum features a variety of topics and an experiential approach to learning.

Why Study Health Communication at Grand Valley?

  • The program emphasizes a broad understanding of the field combined with a solid knowledge of specific technical skills.
  • Students learn critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with an emphasis on learning-by-doing.
  • Students frequently participate in creative performances, exhibitions, and publications related to their chosen major field of study.
  • State-of-the-art facilities support current and emergent technologies and enhance student competence.
  • Internships are available in a variety of professional work settings.

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


The program requires the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Advertising
  • Health Communication Systems
  • Health Care Management
  • News Reporting

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

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For More Information

School of Communication
290 Lake Superior Hall
(616) 331-3668

Admissions and Recruitment Office