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 2020-2022 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
Three hours of 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 266C
Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships
 & WGS 466
Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships Lab
Three hours of 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 23: Romantic Relationships and Family Formation)
 or SOC 308J
Romantic Relationships and Family Formation
Three hours of Population/Mass Media:
ADV 319
Psychology of Advertising
ADV 322
Health Communication - Messages, Campaigns, and the Media
ADV 327
Account Planning
AMS 370
Seminar in American Culture (Topic 1: American Cultural History of Alcohol/Drugs)
CMS 372T
Time Matters
ECO 325K
Health Economics
EDP 350G
Adolescent Development
EDP 350L
Human Sexuality
EDP 371
Introduction to Statistics
GOV 370V
The Politics of Healthcare
GRG 334E
Children's Environmental Health
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
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
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 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 9: Loss and Grief: Individual and Family Perspectives)
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
SDS 302
Data Analysis for the Health Sciences
SDS 332
Statistical Models for the Health and Behavioral Sciences
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 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)
 or SOC 307L
Gender, Race, and Class in American Society
WGS 322C
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)
 or HED 361
Psychosocial Issues in 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.

Students must petition the faculty committee in advance if they wish to substitute another course for use toward any minor course requirement. Petitions will not be reviewed during registration or add/drop periods.

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.

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 (3 hours 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 466
Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships
 or WGS 466
Guidance in Adult-Child Relationships
PHM 390C
Communication Skills for Health Professionals
Organizational Communication (3 hours chosen from the following):
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 (3 hours chosen from the following):
ADV 319
Psychology of Advertising
ADV 322
Health Communication - Messages, Campaigns, and the Media
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.

Students must petition the faculty committee in advance if they wish to substitute another course for use toward any minor course requirement. Petitions will not be reviewed during registration or add/drop periods.

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.

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 322

Health Communication - Messages, Campaigns, and the Media

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.

Students must petition the faculty committee in advance if they wish to substitute another course for use toward any minor course requirement. Petitions will not be reviewed during registration or add/drop periods.

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 Fall 2020 application has closed. The Spring 2021 application will be available in January 2021.

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.