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: Not Currently Offered
  • Moreton Bay: Not Currently Offered
  • Online: Not Currently Offered
CMN207 Podcasting and Radio News
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 2
CMN231 Communication Campaign Planning
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 2
CMN276 Social Media Communication
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1
  • Online: Semester 1
PUB210 Concepts of Epidemiology
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
PUB252 Health Promotion Assessment and Planning
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
Anti: CPH252 or PUB722 or PUB705
PUB271 Health Promotion Principles
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1
PUB272 Health Promotion Settings and Advocacy
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
Anti: PUB704 and PUB742
CMN308 Social Media: Monitoring and Measurement
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 2
PUB351 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 2
PUB305 Public Health Practicum 24 units
  • Sunshine Coast: Session 4, Semester 2
Pre: Course Coordinator Consent Required and enrolled in SC344, SC354, SC367, SC373 or SC375
Anti: WPL310 or WPL311 or WPL320 or HLT326 or PUB352 or PUB332