Health Communication - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Health Communication

Extended major

Available in the Bachelor of Health Science

If you’re creative and love to communicate, then a career in health communication could be for you. You’ll study the role and use of behavioural science and communication strategies to promote public health and improve the delivery of health care; the connections between health and the behaviour of people; health education and behaviour change theories, frameworks and strategies; health promotion; and the use of media to communicate health information.

You’ll also get practical experience through a work placement in your final year of study, helping you to be job-ready.

This extended major will prepare you for a career in health communication, behavioural science research, health education, health promotion, public health, health media and public relations in health.

Career opportunities

Health communication specialist, health writers, health education officer, health promotion officer, health marketer, health editor, health public relations officer/manager


Australian Health Promotion Association; Public Health Association of Australia; International Union for Health Promotion and Education.

Extended major lead

Dr Rachel Cole

Extended Major (11)

For an extended major in Health Communication, students must successfully complete the following 11 courses:

Required courses (11)

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
CMN108 Issues in Social Media
Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
Moreton Bay: Semester 2
HLT150 Indigenous Wellbeing Foundations
  • Semester 2
CMN231 Communication Campaign Planning
  • Semester 2
CMN235 News Writing and Reporting
  • Semester 2
CMN276 Social Media
  • Semester 1
PUB210 Concepts of Epidemiology
  • Semester 2
PUB252 Health Promotion Assessment and Planning
  • Semester 1
Anti: CPH252 or PUB722.
PUB271 Health Promotion Principles
  • Semester 1
PUB351 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
  • Semester 2
PUB272 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
  • Semester 2
Anti: PUB704 and PUB742
PUB305 Public Health Practicum 24 units
  • Semester 2, Session 4
Pre: Enrolled in SC344, SC354, SC367, SC373 or SC375 and permission required for enrolment - please contact the course coordinator.
Anti: WPL310 or WPL311 or WPL320 or HLT326 or PUB352 or PUB332