MA in communication with concentration in health communication

Whether you currently study communication, health sciences, another discipline or are a professional already in those fields... There has never been a better time to study the relationship between communication and health.

What is a Master's degree with a concentration in communication and health?

The University of Ottawa’s department of communication has an internationally recognized expertise in the field of communication and health. Students in this program have the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise by exploring issues such as patient-healthcare provider communication; crisis and risk communication (e.g. health crises, public health crises); healthcare services in the context of telemedicine and telehealth; the design and use of digital health technologies; health communication strategies (such as for vulnerable populations); public health communication campaigns; and much more.

Concrete Experience

Apply your new knowledge to real-life situations

  • Cap off your program with a project that will take your learning and applies it to real communication issues in a health environment
  • Complete your Capstone in the organization of your choice or the one you already work in, if applicable

Current Students: Anticipate your future

Career options include:

  • Health promotion specialist
  • Public health journalist
  • Workplace wellness coordinator
  • Health sciences manager
  • Health policy analyst
  • Health communications officer/manager
  • And more...

Professionals: Prioritize your career with a flexible schedule

  • Evening and weekend classes available
  • Year-round admissions
  • Complete the program in as little as 18 months


Courses and seminars with research project (18 months)


  • Basic courses in communication and health
  • Digital health seminar: digital strategies, self-management, telemedicine and patient/provider communication, etc.
  • Risk and crisis communication seminar, such as Covid-19
  • Internship (optional credits)

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Admission requirements


Scholarships and financial aid

How to apply

Questions on admissions? Contact the Faculty of Arts.

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