Rider University beginning in the fall of 2019 will offer the first master’s degree in health communication in New Jersey.
The university said the 33-credit Master of Arts in Health Communication is designed to prepare students to excel in communications roles within the health care industry. The program will give working professionals a competitive edge in the health care field by preparing them to become effective communicators who can advance public health policy, influence the health and lifestyle behaviors of individuals and underserved population groups, and improve overall health outcomes.
“There is a high demand for expert communicators with the skills to advance knowledge of health care and health policy and that need is only expected to grow,” said Pamela Brown, the program’s director in a statement. “The program continues Rider’s significant investment in health care education and builds upon our proven record of producing outstanding outcomes for our communication students.”
The new degree program received full status after previously being offered as a concentration within Rider’s Master of Arts in Business Communication. Both reside in the Department of Communication and Journalism in Rider’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Rider said that the program’s all-online format would also give students the freedom and flexibility to pursue career-advancing graduate credentials at their own pace while being part of an interactive learning community.