Health Communication

MPH Concentration in Health Communication

The 42 credit hour Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Communication at Colorado State University prepares the future public health professional to employ scientifically-based communication strategies in an effort to improve health on both the individual and community level. Effective communication is a necessary element in all domains of health care.

Empower individuals to adopt health behaviors through mass communication.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health communication is especially critical in eight contexts:

  1. “Health professional-patient relations.
  2. Individuals’ exposure to, search for, and use of health information.
  3. Individuals’ adherence to clinical recommendations and regimens.
  4. The construction of public health messages and campaigns.
  5. The dissemination of individual and population health risk information (risk communication).
  6. Images of health in the mass media and the culture at large.
  7. The education of consumers about how to gain access to the public health and health care systems.
  8. The development of telehealth applications.”

Learn to create effective communication campaigns and prevent disease, promote health, influence health policies and enhance the quality of life of individuals within local and global communities. Be the voice for public health.

Meet Professor Marilee Long, PhD


Interview with Marilee Long, PhD, professor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at CSU and faculty lead for the Health Communication concentration for the Graduate Program in Public Health.

Concentration Brochure

Meet Professor Long

Interview with Marilee Long, PhD, Professor at CSU