Communication is one of the most important features of health care across contexts. Health care providers looking to improve interactions and to engage in effective communication is key to patient wellness and safety. Improved health communication skills between patients and healthcare providers leads to better outcomes for patients, reducing hospital re-admissions caused by ineffective provider-patient and provider team communication.

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, which are required for licensure as a healthcare professional. The online certificate courses teach students how to collaborate with healthcare patients and families to pursue treatment options and ensure compliance. Learn how to apply best practices for competent communication with patients from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

ACCME CME CreditsSharp HealthCare The Online Health Communication certificate program is a joint providership of SDSU and Sharp HealthCare. Sharp HealthCare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuting Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Each online course is four weeks of instruction designated for 8 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits. The online certificate program is designed to meet the needs of working health care professionals in the medical field, with curriculum from cutting edge health communication research conducted at SDSU.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
3 Months
Course Format Course Format

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2019 Summer2019 Fall2020 Spring
2020 Spring
HCC 0001 Foundations of Health Communication
Students will learn how to utilize narratives as a tool for receiving and conveying health information. They will be able to communicate with patients from diverse backgrounds and apply evidence-based best practices for increasing health literacy among patients.
Course Date(s)
April 6 - May 1
Perry Pauley
2020 Summer
HCC 0002 Patient-Provider Communication
Students will learn how to implement positive communication strategies in clinical settings, motivate patient compliance through communication, and influence patient satisfaction.
Course Date(s)
May 4 - May 29
Perry Pauley
HCC 0003 Interprofessional Communication
Students will learn how to implement effective team-based communication strategies to manage conflict in work teams and promote group cohesion and consensus decision-making strategies.