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Minor in Health Communication

The Health Communication Minor is intended for any University student interested in advanced study of health communication. Students completing the minor program will learn how health communication professionals think and be prepared for careers in population health, medical, clinic management, and communication agencies, among others.

For students under the 2018-2020 catalog

The minor program requires 16 semester hours of coursework including nine hours to be completed in residence. Only courses with a C- or better (or CR for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis) will be counted toward the minor. Students in Moody College may declare only one minor and must apply for their minor/certificate before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.

This minor is open to all University of Texas students. The Moody College of Communication reserves the right to limit the number of students accepted into this minor by instituting a competitive application process. Applicants may be judged on such factors as grade point average, prior coursework taken, prior experience in the field, and response to essay prompts.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

COM 102

Introduction to Health Communication

Interpersonal Communication:

CMS 330

Interpersonal Health Communication

CMS 332

Argumentation and Advocacy

CMS 332K

Theories of Persuasion

CMS 344K

Lying and Deception

CMS 358

Communication and Personal Relationships

HDF 337

Personal Relationships

HDF 466

Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships

or WGS 466

Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships

PHM 390C

Communication Skills for Health Professionals

Organizational Communication:

CMS 341

Digital Communications

CMS 353S

Social Media and Organizations

CMS 357

Family Communication

HDF 313

Child Development

or WGS 313

Child Development

HDF 347

Socioeconomic Problems of Families

HDF 378L

Theories of Child and Family Development

N 310

Communication in Health Care Settings

S W 360K

Current Social Work Topics (Topic 4: Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and their Families)

WGS 301

Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 4: Family Relationships)

or HDF 304

Family Relationships

WGS 301

Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 19: Diversity in American Families)

WGS 301

Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 23: Romantic Relationships and Family Formation)

Population/Mass Media:

ADV 319

Psychology of Advertising

ADV 327

Account Planning

AMS 370

Seminar in American Culture (Topic 1: American Cultural History of Alcohol/Drugs)

BIO 361L

Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory

CH 107

Conference Course

CMS 372T

Time Matters

ECO 325K

Health Economics

EDP 350G

Adolescent Development

EDP 350L

Human Sexuality

EDP 371

Introduction to Statistics

GOV 370L

Topics in American Government and Politics (Topic 23: Politics of Healthcare)

GRG 356

Topics in Environmental Geography (Topic 1: Children's Environmental Health)

HIS 350R

Undergraduate Seminar in United States History (Topic 5: American Cultural History of Alcohol/Drugs)

H S 301

Introduction to Health and Society

or SOC 308S

Introduction to Health and Society

HDF 313

Child Development

or WGS 313

Child Development

HDF 371

Adolescent Development in Context

HDF 378K

Advanced Child and Family Development (Topic 6: Into to Early Childhood Interventions)

HED 329K

Child and Adolescent Health

HED 335

Theories of Substance Use and Abuse

HED 343

Foundations of Epidemiology

HED 360

Adolescent Health Risk Behavior

HED 361

HED 364

Psychosocial Issues in Women's Health

Strategic Health Communication

HED 370K

Topical Seminar in Health Promotion (Topic 1: Foundations of Health Promotion I)

HED 371K

Foundations of Health Promotion II

HIS 350R

Undergraduate Seminar in United States History (Topic 18: Women in Sickness and Health)

J 349F

Reporting Public Health and Science

KIN 334

Children's Exercise and Physical Activity

KIN 378

Fieldwork in Health (Topic: 3: Sexual Health I)

N 275

Public Health Nursing

or N 287Q

Public Health Nursing

N 307

Topics in Nursing (Topic 1: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors)

N 309

Global Health

NTR 330

Nutrition Education and Counseling

NTR 331

International Nutrition: Social and Environmental Policies

NTR 332

Community Nutrition

NTR 337

Principles of Epidemiology in Nutritional Sciences

NTR 338W

Issues in Nutrition and Health

NTR 365

Selected Topics in Nutritional Sciences (Topic 4: Obesity and Metabolic Health)

PBH 317

Introduction to Public Health

PBH 334

Global Health

PBH 338

Environmental Health

PBH 341R

Public Health Research

PBH 356

Health Behavior Theory and Practice

PBH 358D

Health Policy and Health Systems

PBH 361P

Public Health Internship

PHL 325M

Medicine, Ethics, and Society

PSY 319K

Social Psychology

PSY 339

Behavior Problems of Children

PSY 341K

Selected Topics in Psychology (Topic 4: Health Psychology)

PSY 346K

Psychology of Sex

PSY 352

Abnormal Psychology

PSY 364M

Mental Illness and the Brain

S W 334

Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities

S W 360K

Current Social Work Topics (Topic 5: Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQ Oppression)

S W 360K

Current Social Work Topics (Topic 9: Loss and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives)

SOC 307L

Gender, Race, and Class in American Society

SOC 307P

Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Well-Being

SOC 310S

Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors

SOC 321G

Global Health Issues and Health Systems

SOC 354K

Sociology of Health and Illness

SOC 358D

Health Policy and Health Systems

SOC 368D

Social Context of Public Health

SDS 302

Data Analysis for the Health Sciences

SDS 304

Statistics in Health Care

SDS 332

Statistical Models for the Health and Behavioral Sciences

T C 358

Plan II Junior Seminar (Topic: Public Health, Medicine, and Social Policy)

URB 354

Topics in Urban Society and Culture (Topic 10: Human Behavior and Social Environment)

or S W 327

Human Behavior and Social Environment

WGS 301

Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 7: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors)

WGS 301

Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 20: Fertility and Reproduction)

or SOC 307K

Fertility and Reproduction

WGS 301

Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 21: Gender, Race, Class in American Societies)

WGS 322

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences (Topic 1: Sociology of Gender)

or SOC 333K

Sociology of Gender

WGS 345

Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 3: Women in Sickness and Health)

WGS 345

Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 35: Psychosocial Issues Women's Health)

Six additional upper-division hours from the above areas of which three hours must be from outside the student’s major college.

In addition, the following are University-wide rules regarding minors:

  • The minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Minors must include a minimum of six hours of upper division coursework. 
  • A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major
  • At least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major; this includes courses in non-major departments that are cross-listed with courses offered within the student’s major department. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.
  • Transcript recognition is awarded at the time of undergraduate degree completion.

The Health Communication Minor has a competitive application process.

 

The application for Spring 2020 is now open. The deadline to apply is noon on March 9, 2020.

The Health Communication Minor is open to all University of Texas undergraduates. Applicants must be under the 2016-2018 catalog or a later catalog, and have a 3.0 GPA.

Students in Moody College may declare only one minor and must apply for their minor/certificate before they have completed 65% of their degree requirements.

For students under the 2016-2018 catalog:

The minor program requires sixteen semester hours of coursework, including nine hours to be completed in residence. Students must earn a grade of at least C in each course counted toward fulfillment of the minor requirements. The Moody College reserves the right to limit the number of students accepted into this minor by instituting a competitive application process. Applicants may be judged on such factors as grade point average, prior coursework taken, prior experience in the field, and response to essay prompts.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

COM 102 Introduction to Health Communication
Three hours of Interpersonal Communication coursework, chosen from the following: 
CMS 330 Interpersonal Health Communication
CMS 332 Argumentation and Advocacy
CMS 332K Theories of Persuasion
CMS 344K Lying and Deception
CMS 358 Communication and Personal Relationships
HDF 337 Personal Relationships
HDF/WGS 466 Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships
PHM 390C Communication Skills for Health Professionals
Three hours of Organizational Communication coursework, chosen from the following: 
CMS 341 Digital Communications
CMS 353S Social Media and Organizations
CMS 357 Family Communication
HDF/WGS 313 Child Development
HDF 347 Socioeconomic Problems of Families
HDF 378L Theories of Child and Family Development
N 310 Communication in Health Care Settings
SW 360K Current Social Work Topics (Topic 4: Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and their Families)
WGS 301 Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 4: Family Relationships)
    or HDF 304 Family Relationships
WGS 301 Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 19: Diversity in American Families)
WGS 301 Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 23: Romantic Relationships and Family Formation)
Three hours of Population/Mass Media coursework, chosen from the following:
ADV 319 Psychology of Advertising
ADV 327 Account Planning
AMS 370 Seminar in American Culture (Topic 1: American Cultural History of Alcohol/Drugs)
BIO 361L Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory
CH 107 Conference Course
CMS 372T Time Matters
ECO 325K Health Economics
EDP 350G Adolescent Development
EDP 350L Human Sexuality
EDP 371 Introduction to Statistics
GOV 370L Topics in American Government and Politics (Topic 23: Politics of Healthcare)
GRG 356 Topics in Environmental Geography (Topic 1: Children's Environmental Health)
HIS 350R Undergraduate Seminar in United States History (Topic 5: American Cultural History of Alcohol/Drugs)
HS 301/SOC 308S Introduction to Health and Society
HDF/WGS 313 Child Development
HDF 371 Adolescent Development in Context
HDF 378K Advanced Child and Family Development (Topic 6: Into to Early Childhood Interventions)
HED 329K Child and Adolescent Health
HED 335 Theories of Substance Use and Abuse
HED 343 Foundations of Epidemiology
HED 360 Adolescent Health Risk Behavior
HED 361 Psychosocial Issues in Women's Health
HED 370K Topical Seminar in Health Promotion (Topic 1: Foundations of Health Promotion I)
HED 371K Foundations of Health Promotion II
HIS 350R Undergraduate Seminar in United States History (Topic 18: Women in Sickness and Health)
J 349F Reporting Public Health and Science
KIN 334 Children's Exercise and Physical Activity
KIN 378 Fieldwork in Health (Topic 3: Sexual Health I)
N 275/287Q Public Health Nursing
N 307 Topics in Nursing (Topic 1: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors)
N 309 Global Health
NTR 330 Nutrition Education and Counseling
NTR 331 International Nutrition: Social and Environmental Policies
NTR 332 Community Nutrition
NTR 337 Principles of Epidemiology in Nutritional Sciences
NTR 338W Issues in Nutrition and Health
NTR 365 Selected Topics in Nutritional Sciences (Topic 4: Obesity and Metabolic Health
PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health
PBH 334 Global Health
PBH 338 Environmental Health
PBH 341R Public Health Research
PBH 356 Health Behavior Theory and Practice
PBH 358D Health Policy and Health Systems
PBH 361P Public Health Internship
PHL 325M Medicine, Ethics, and Society
PSY 319K Social Psychology
PSY 339 Behavior Problems of Children
PSY 341K Selected Topics in Psychology (Topic 4: Health Psychology)
PSY 346K Psychology of Sex
PSY 352 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 364M Mental Illness and the Brain
SW 334 Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
SW 360K Current Social Work Topics (Topic 5: Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQ Oppression)
SW 360K Current Social Work Topics (Topic 9: Loss and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives)
SOC 307L Gender, Race, and Class in American Society
SOC 307P Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Well-Being
SOC 310S Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors
SOC 321G Global Health Issues and Health Systems
SOC 354K Sociology of Health and Illness
SOC 358D Health Policy and Health Systems
SOC 368D Social Context of Public Health
SDS 302 Data Analysis for the Health Sciences
SDS 304 Statistics in Health Care
SDS 332 Statistical Models for the Health and Behavioral Sciences
TD 358 Plan II Junior Seminar (Topic: Public Health, Medicine, and Social Policy)
URB 354 Topics in Urban Society and Culture (Topic 10: Human Behavior and Social Environment)
    or SW 327 Human Behavior and Social Environment
WGS 301 Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 7: Women's Reproductive Health for Nonscience Majors)
WGS 301 Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 20: Fertility and Reproduction)
    or SOC 307K Fertility and Reproduction
WGS 301 Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 21: Gender, Race, Class in American Societies)
WGS 322 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences (Topic 1: Sociology of Gender)
    or SOC 333K Sociology of Gender
WGS 345 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 3: Women in Sickness and Health)
WGS 345 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Topic 35: Psychosocial Issues Women's Health)
Six additional upper-division hours from the above areas of which three hours must be from outside the student’s major college.

In addition, the following are University-wide rules regarding minors:

  • The minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Minors must include a minimum of six hours of upper division coursework. 
  • A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major
  • At least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major; this includes courses in non-major departments that are cross-listed with courses offered within the student’s major department. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.
  • Transcript recognition is awarded at the time of undergraduate degree completion.