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CUNY: Launches Master of Science Degree in Health Communication for Social Change

Now more than ever, public health requires innovative communication strategies and partnership-building between government, business, and the nonprofit sectors to solve the most pressing local, national, and international issues.

Recognizing the demand for an expanded and updated set of communications and marketing skills to meet today’s population health needs, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is launching a degree program unlike any other in graduate public health.

The fully online master of science in Health Communication for Social Change will prepare students to achieve impactful public health outcomes through communication, social marketing, and other behavior-change strategies. Students will gain core public health competencies and receive training in health literacy, strategic marketing, social media strategy, multimedia production, and health entrepreneurship along with other critical communications domains for the 21st Century.

“In the real world, public health impact is achieved when governments, nonprofits, corporations, and individuals work in collaboration,” says Dr. Chris Palmedo, the program’s director and associate professor at CUNY SPH. “This is a core principle of our program. Students will benefit from an exciting range of practical courses all with an aspirational lens of changing the world.”

This is the only fully online health communications program offered by a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited school of public health. Students anywhere in the world will have access to the deep and wide CUNY SPH networks, which include NYC public agencies, communications firms, multinational corporations, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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