Health Communications Specialist Career

Healthcare Industry SymbolCareer Overview

Health communications specialists create and distribute information to help citizens and groups understand illnesses and health. Health communications specialists are the public relations specialists regarding health to the public of today. They act as mediators between health organizations and media groups in what the public hears regarding health and disease issues. Many health communications specialists also work to promote healthy behaviors to assist in the prevention of disease and illness. They often work closely with public health and research communities to report the results of clinical trials and major health initiatives.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communications or Health Communications
Master’s Degree in Health Organization or Health Care Administration

Most health communications specialists are employed by non-profit health care organizations like the Red Cross, health medical technology companies, large pharmaceutical companies, or large government health organizations. Most organizations require health communications specialists to have at least a bachelor’s degree in journalism or health communications. They also generally require applicants to have at least 5 years experience in the health care industry or a related business field. Some employers are also starting to hire employees with graduate degrees in health care industry fields.

Coursework

Public Health & Public Health Issues
Mass Communications
Video  & Web Editing
Public Relations
Public Health and Research

School Recommendations

Kent State
Gonzaga University
University of Phoenix
Capella University
Kaplan University

Employment Trends

Job Availability of Public Relations Specialists in of May 2008: 275,200
Projected Jobs Available for Public Relations Specialists Through 2018: 341,300
Average Annual Salaries for Public Relations Specialists in 2008: $51,280

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

 

 

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