Health and Science Communication

Health and Science Communication

Health and Science Communication

Welcome to Rowan University's Department of Health and Science Communication!

Feed your curiosity. Engage the public. Advocate for change.

The Health and Science Communication (HSC) program is a unique, interdisciplinary program made up of students and faculty who are curious about health and science, who facilitate public engagement with complex information, and who advocate for life-saving and sustaining change. 

Our undergraduate programs will provide you with the skills to meet the demands of the moment--whether that means communicating the risks of COVID-19 or helping enact sound climate policy. Rigorous theoretical and practical curriculum combined with robust interdisciplinary training make the Rowan HSC programs unique in the nation. 

We investigate how language shapes decision-making in science, medicine, and public health in order to make recommendations for evidence-based, ethical action.

We are experienced collaborators who have partnered with researchers at academic medical centers and in STEM disciplines to secure funding, conduct quantitative, qualitative, and rhetorical research, and analyze and publish results.

Curriculum & Courses

Our undergraduate programs are designed to serve students who are interested in multiple facets of communication--from those who want to work on PR campaigns to those who want to work with patients. In addition to serving communication students, our BA program was specifically designed to accommodate double-majors in STEM and liberal arts. Check out our Curriculum Summary here!

Course Highlights

  • Introduction to Health and Science Communication
  • Developing Health and Science Literacy
  • Ethical Issues in Human Communication
  • Media Ethics
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program Guide

CUGS in Health Communication Program Guide (12 s.h.)

Experiential Learning

HSC also houses a research consortium dedicated to analyzing and solving problems related to health and science communication. Faculty across four disciplines work to analyze communication practices, rhetoric, and language to better understand scientific controversies, clinical problems, and public health strategies.

Students are also encouraged to pursue internships outside the university.

Explore Internships

Get Involved!

On-Campus Opportunities is a great way for students to get involved with specific jobs within the HSC industry. Some of these organizations include:

  • Health and Science Communication Student Reading Group
  • Communication Studies Club
  • Lambda Pi-Eta Communication Honors Society
  • The Whit (On-Campus Newspaper)

Student Groups 

Contact Us

Dr. Joy Cypher
Program Coordinator
Victoria Hall
Phone:  | Email: cypher@rowan.edu

College of Communication & Creative Arts
6 East High Street
Phone: (856) 256-4340 | Email: CCCA@rowan.edu