Health Communication

Undergraduates can complete a Master of Science degree in Health Communication from Tufts’ undergraduate/graduate degree in Health Communication in one year after receiving their bachelor's degree.

Apply to the program in your junior year. If admitted, you will take three required graduate-level courses at the Medford campus. Two of these courses count toward both your bachelor's and master’s degrees. The third counts toward only the graduate degree. Upon receiving your undergraduate degree, you will begin taking courses on the Tufts Health Sciences campus in Boston, starting either in the summer or fall.

Program Requirements

If admitted to the combined degree program, you must take the following courses as an undergraduate:

  • CH 1: Introduction to Community Health [1 credit] - this course counts only toward the undergraduate degree.
  • CH 99/HCOM 522 equivalent: Changing Healthy Behaviors [1 credit] - this course counts toward both graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • CH 107: The Science and Practice of Medicine [1 credit] - this course counts toward both graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • HCOM514: Social Media and Health (elective) [.5 credit] - this course counts only toward the graduate degree if you matriculate into the program.

Collectively the three graduate-level courses represent 2.5 credits toward the total 10.5 credits needed to complete the program. If admitted, you must complete your bachelor’s degree and remain in good standing throughout your undergraduate career

For further information contact Margie Skeer, the Program Director.

Application Process

Application Deadlines

  • The earliest that you can apply is the first semester of your sophomore year.
  • The latest that you can apply is July 15th before your senior year.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

The application is available online. You will need three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a faculty member.