Courses & Requirements

Students are responsible for fulfilling the degree requirements of their respective departments, in addition to the requirements of HCC.

HCC Requirements*

10 Credits total consisting of the following:
*Pass/fail option is fine. No audit option.

  • 2.5 credits for required foundation course: SBS 509 Health Communication in the 21st Century offered in Spring 1 2023
  • 7.5 credits from among the courses listed below (courses not on the list will not meet the requirements). The selected courses should be linked to one another to form a thematic grouping – by type of media, by population of interest, or by skills sets. Suggested, but not exhaustive examples of thematic groupings are listed below.

Elective Courses that meet HCC Requirements

The following courses meet the 7.5 credit Health Communication Concentration (HCC) requirement. Please see examples of thematic organization of the courses at the end of this list:

Harvard School of Public Health

  • SBS 210: Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Science [2.5] – Spring 2 2023
  • SBS 211: Public Health in Action: Strategies for Policy, Advocacy, and Communication [2.5] – Spring 2 2023
  • SBS 503: Explaining Health Behavior: Insights from Behavioral Economics [2.5] – Spring 2 2023
  • SBS 515: Health Literacy: Measuring Accessibility of Health Information [2.5] – Fall 1 2022
  • SBS 516: Measures of The Health Literacy Environment [2.5] – Fall 2 2022
  • SBS 522: Multi-Level Theoretical Approaches to Health Behavior [2.5] – Spring 2 2023
  • HPM 223: Public Speaking for Managers [1.25] – Fall 2 2022 & Spring 2 2023
  • HPM 233: Strategic Marketing Management in Health Systems [2.5] – Spring 1 2023
  • HPM 247: Political Analysis and Strategy for U.S. Health Policy [5] – Spring 1 2023
  • HPM 562/ID 562: Narrative Leadership – Using Storytelling to Mobilize Collective Action in Public Health [2.5] – Fall 2 2022
  • EH 286: Environmental Health Literacy and Science Communication [2.5] – Winter 2023
  • GHP 237: Behavioral Economics and Global Health [2.5] – Spring 2 2023

Harvard School of Education

  • EDU HT123: Informal Learning for Children [5] – Winter 2023
  • EDU T522: Impact by Design: Projects in Educational Technology [5] – Fall 2022
  • EDU T581: Ed Tech Advanced Design Studio [5] – Spring 2023
  • EDU A143 (cross-listed as MLD 355): Public Narrative [5] – Fall 2022
  • EDU T510A: Digital Dilemmas: Adolescents Behind Their Screens [2.5] – May 2023

Harvard Kennedy School

  • MLD 355 (cross-listed as EDU A143): Public Narrative [5] – Fall 2022
  • MLD 377: Organizing: People, Power, Change [2.5] – Spring 1 2023
  • DPI 802M: The Arts of Communication [2.5] – Fall 1 or 2 2022, Spring 1 or 2 2023
  • DPI-810M: Writing for Policy and Politics [2.5] – Fall 1 or 2 2022, Spring 1 or 2 2023
  • DPI 622: Media Manipulation and Disinformation Campaigns [4] – Fall 2022

MIT

  • MIT 15 .570 L01: Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics [2.5] – Fall 2022

Recommended Methods Courses

HCC students are strongly recommended to take one of the following recommended courses as they will provide complementary skills. They do not count towards the HCC 10-credit requirement.

  • SBS 288: Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health (*number of qualitative research methods courses offered each term at the Kennedy School, and sometimes at the Education School) [2.5] – Fall 1 2022
  • SBS 521: Qualitative Data Analysis for Public Health [2.5]
  • SBS 203: Program Planning [2.5] – Spring 1 2023
  • SBS 204: Program Implementation and Evaluation [2.5] – Spring 2 2023
  • BST 212: Survey Research Methods in Community Health [2.5] – Spring 2023
  • GSE T-523: Formative Evaluation for Educational Product Development [5] – Spring 2023

Examples of Thematic Grouping of Health Communication Courses

The following examples show how the required courses in HCC may form a coherent theme. This is meant to serve as an illustration of how students could select courses to form a theme based on content, focus, skill sets, and/or communication media. You will notice repetition in the list as many courses address different themes.

Communications for Behavior Change

  • SBS 509: Health Communication in the 21st Century
  • SBS 503: Explaining Health Behavior: Insights from Behavioral Economics
  • SBS 522: Multi-Level Theoretical Approaches to Health Behavior
  • SBS 515: Health Literacy: Measuring Accessibility of Health Information

Communications for Health Policy

  • DPI-810: Writing for Policy and Politics
  • HPM 247: Political Analysis and Strategy for U.S. Health Policy
  • SBS 515: Health Literacy: Measuring Accessibility of Health Information

Communications for Health Management

  • HPM 223: Public Speaking for Managers

Communications for Community Organizing

  • MLD 377: Organizing: People, Power, Change
  • MLD 355: Public Narrative
  • SBS 515: Health Literacy: Measuring Accessibility of Health Information

Interpersonal Communication

  • DPI 802M: The Arts of Communication
  • MLD 355: Public Narrative

What recognition does the student receive upon completion of the concentration?

Upon graduation, the degree will be issued from the home department and the student receives a letter from the HCC Steering Committee attesting to completion of the HCC concentration requirements.

Please contact the HCC Coordinator if you have questions.