Careers in HCC

A health communication background is a necessity and advantage to one’s career within the continually evolving field of public health.  

Students may apply health communication skills in a variety of careers, such as:

  • Independent researchers and scholars who contribute to the advancement of health communication science.
  • Practitioners who design effective behavior change communication strategies.
  • Public health communicators at the state and federal agencies who design, execute, and evaluate public health communication campaigns and who provide risk communication in times of public health crises.
  • Strategic communications managers who work in nonprofit health agencies.
  • Communication professionals who work in advertising, public relations, and health marketing agencies.
  • Public health leaders who communicate with diverse audiences about public health matters and who use media advocacy to influence policy.
  • Health and science journalists who write for lay publications.