Driving Health Management

Ashland University’s revolutionary Health and Risk Communication Program is one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind in the nation. It focuses on two of the fast growing industries: health and safety.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Gwen A. Hullman, PhD
419.289.5298
ghullman@ashland.edu

Department Contact

120 Center for the Arts
419.289.5139
commstudies@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

Description of Communication Studies courses

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Health & Risk Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Health and Risk Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide

Contact Us

Department Chair

Gwen A. Hullman, PhD
419.289.5298
ghullman@ashland.edu

Department Contact

120 Center for the Arts
419.289.5139
commstudies@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

Description of Communication Studies courses

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Health & Risk Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide
Health and Risk Communication Four-Year Guide
Sport Communication and Health & Risk Communication (Double Major) Four-Year Guide

What to Expect

With a focus on communication theory, research, and application, this program will prepare you for a variety of careers that promote the health and safety of the workplace. These roles include health communication specialist, risk manager, director of communications and public relations, and more.

Program Benefits

In this program, you’ll:

  • Acquire the theory and skills that are in high demand by government agencies and private organizations
  • Engage in research with certified faculty in risk communication who actively consult government and private sector organizations
  • Develop an impressive portfolio consisting of state, regional, and national conference presentations and scholarly research and publications that will be applicable to a variety of organizations
  • Receive individualized attention from faculty who regularly publish scholarly articles and books

You’ll also have a wide variety of options for internships, including:

  • Local government agencies
  • Federal government agencies (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, etc.)
  • Rural Emergency Trauma Institute
  • Local and federal law enforcement
  • Public relations organizations
  • Advertising and marketing agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Various military organizations
  • Search and rescue organizations

Health and Risk Communication Career Outlook

Average Career Growth

24 percent growth in demand over the next five years

Career Opportunities

  • Communication Consultant
  • Communication Campaign Specialist
  • Communication Project Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Crisis Communication Manager
  • Development Specialist
  • Director of Communication and Public Affairs
  • Director of External Affairs
  • Director of Marketing
  • Communication Consultant
  • Communication Campaign Specialist
  • Communication Project Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Crisis Communication Manager
  • Development Specialist
  • Director of Communication and Public Affairs
  • Director of External Affairs
  • Director of Marketing
  • Health & Safety Communication Training & Development Officer

Rec Center

Rec Center