Communication is one of the most important features of health care across contexts, yet health care providers often struggle to engage in effective communication that is key to patient wellness and safety.

The SDSU Online Certificate in Health Communication guides health care professionals in improving communication across health care contexts, and provides certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

ACCME CME CreditsSharp HealthCare The program is a joint providership of SDSU and Sharp HealthCare. Sharp HealthCare is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Each online course is six weeks of instruction designated for 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
$1,680
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
9 Months
Course Format Course Format
Online

Learners choose one of two tracks to earn the full certificate after four courses.

Track A: Patient-Provider Communication (complete all 4) Hours Cost 19FA 20SP
HCC 0001 Foundations of Health Communication (the first course in each track) 12 $420 8/19-9/27  
HCC 0002 Patient-Provider Communication 12 $420 10/7-11/15  
HCC 0003 Health Communication and Cultural Competence 12 $420   1/13-2/21
HCC 0004 Interprofessional Communication 12 $420   3/2-4/10
Track B: Strategic Health Communication (complete 4) Hours Cost 19FA 20SP
HCC 0001 Foundations of Health Communication (the first course in each track) 12 $420 8/19-9/27  
HCC 0005 Risk and Crisis Communication 12 $420 10/7-11/15  
HCC 0006 Health Campaigns 12 $420   1/13-2/21
HCC 0007 Health Promotion at Work 12 $420   3/2-4/10

Dates and prices subject to change.

For additional information email healthcommunication.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-0845.

Courses

2019 Spring2019 Summer2019 Fall
2019 Fall
HCC 0001 Foundations of Health Communication
Get a comprehensive overview of a variety of health communication topics including patient-provider communication, health communication campaigns, supportive relationships, and health-related public policy. Research methods, theories, and best practices are also covered.
Course Date(s)
August 19 - September 27
$420
Instructors
Perry Pauley
2019 Fall
HCC 0002 Patient-Provider Communication
This course explores primary communication activities such as organizing medical interviews in clinical settings. Particular attention is paid to the role of empathy and understanding in medical interaction. Implications for quality of care, healing outcomes, and medical education are also addressed.
Course Date(s)
October 7 - November 15
$420
Instructors
Perry Pauley
HCC 0003 Health Communication and Cultural Competence
Gain an understanding of the social and political realities associated with health communication. Contemporary concerns include how ethnicity, gender, disability, social class, and sexual orientation inform our understandings of health, fitness, and illness. There is also a focus on understanding the role that patients, families, communities, and providers bring to health communication.
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HCC 0004 Interprofessional Communication
This course applies principles of small group communication including group formation, decision-making processes, conflict management, and group evaluation processes in the healthcare context. Particular emphasis is placed on the role that interdisciplinary healthcare teams play in facilitating professional growth for providers and quality care for patients.
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2019 Fall
HCC 0005 Risk and Crisis Communication
Understand the role of communication in preventing, responding to, and coping with community health crises. Best practices for research, message design, and dissemination are reviewed, with an emphasis on principles of competent communication in health-related risks and crises.
Course Date(s)
October 7 - November 15
$420
Instructors
Perry Pauley
HCC 0006 Health Campaigns
From theory to research, this course explores effective health communication campaigns in various settings to promote healthy lifestyles, nutrition, exercise, health screening, and disease and injury prevention behavior. Actual health campaigns will be reviewed from all phases of development — message design, implementation, and efficacy validation. Gain a solid understanding of how campaigns should come together and be analyzed.
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HCC 0007 Health Promotion at Work
This course explores issues that restrict well-being at work, including stress/burnout, bullying, sexual harassment, conflict, and injustice. Also covered are new evidenced-based practices designed to alleviate or eliminate stress in the workplace through social support, spirituality, and wellness programs.
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