Accelerated Health & Risk Communication Master's Program (AHRC)

Earn Graduate Credits While Working Towards Your Bachelor's Degree

Graduate Coursework Opportunity

Register for up to 7 graduate credit hour to be applied directly to your undergraduate degree requirements!

All Majors Welcome!

A graduate degree in communication studies will enhance your opportunities when job-searching.


1. Senior status
2. 3.0 overall GPA
3. Complete the Dual Credit application and get permission of Advisor, Chair, and Dean

Graduate Credit Courses Offered to Undergraduates:

COM 510 Introduction to Graduate Studies
COM 520 Research Methods in Communication Studies
COM 530 Theories in Communication Studies
These courses will replace general electives or may be used for course subsitutions with approval from your advisor.
*Additional courses may be taken. MAHRC graduate credit hour tution rates will be applied.

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Health & Risk Communication?

  • Health and risk communication has become one of the fastest growing areas in Communication Studies
  • Increased need for public preparedness efforts
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers within health and safety organizations
  • High demand for skilled public relations and communication professionals
  • Immediately apply your education to your work
    • Design, execute and evaluate public health and safety communication campaigns
    • Design effective behavioral-change communication strategies
    • Risk analyses to make informed decisions

Continuing in the program after graduation is easy!

With our 100% online program, no matter where you move to after graduation, you can complete your Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication degree from Ashland University
Courses are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters - 12 week sessions
In the spring semester of your senior year, you may apply to continue in the program via graduate admissions application process
These credit will easily transfer to other communication graduate programs should you decide to pursue your graduate degree elsewhere

 Our Program

  • 100% online
  • Earn your master’s degree in as little as 18 months
  • 30 credit hours
  • First program of its kind
  • Committed faculty who are consultants, managers and principals of health, risk and crisis communication situations
  • Courses include: Health Communication, Risk Communication, Crisis Communication, Strategic  Communication, Health Informatics