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Ashland at a glance. Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication

Is the MAHRC program right for you?

Due to the increased focus on public safety and a greater demand for corporate responsibility, the need for competent environmental professionals is at an all-time high. Our Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication program is designed to prepare prospective public relations professionals for a variety of advanced-level communication and consultant positions in the fast-growing field of public health and risk communication.

If you’ve got a passion for public outreach, corporate messaging, health marketing and encouraging people to act in a way that keeps them safe and free of risk, this program could be an excellent fit for you. 

What you'll learn

Our public health education program is twofold: The health communication portion covers individual and team aspects of medical care, plus the public relations aspect of message development and outreach. The risk communication portion teaches you to identify potential threats, address existing crises and contain and mitigate their effects at local, national and international levels. 

As a student, you will gain experience crafting public outreach campaigns and risk communication plans, as well as creating strategies for vulnerable health care and government organizations in times of need. 

Why earn your Master's in Health and Risk Communication at Ashland?

    • Only innovative program of its kind in the nation to be offered in a fully online format
    • Effective balance of communication theory and research as they apply to the health and safety sectors
    • Respected faculty consisting of world-renowned scholars and the industry’s top independent researchers
    • 100% online coursework designed to fit your lifestyle and schedule
    • Flexible, accelerated program that allows you to complete your degree in as few as 18 months and 30 credit hours
    • Ashland is ranked in the Top 200 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report

    Career opportunities

    Due to a high demand for skilled public relations professionals, the health and risk marketing sector is one of the fastest growing areas in Communication Studies today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be a 24% growth in employment of health and risk communication professionals by 2018.

    As a graduate of this Health and Risk Communication program, you can be fully prepared for a career as a risk manager, safety training and development officer, director of communication and public affairs, director of external affairs, security specialist, strategic communication manager and much more, including the emerging and increasingly popular position as a chief resilience officer. This degree provides the foundation you need to work for crisis communication centers and health care and safety organizations, including hospitals, government health and wellness agencies, nonprofit organizations, high-risk corporations and doctors’ and physicians’ offices. 

    Program availability

    Health and Risk Communication courses are offered in three semesters: Spring (January), Summer (May) and Fall (August).

    Get started today!

    If you’re looking for a flexible, fully online public relations program in the field of health and risk communication, consider choosing Ashland University. Get the education and credentials you need to advance in your career — to learn more, fill out the Request Info form above, email grad-admissions@ashland.edu or apply now! Classes start MAy 16, 2016.

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