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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program in health communication includes the following main program objectives. Students will:

  • Obtain competency for teaching and research in areas that include: health and interpersonal relationships, intercultural health, and mediated communication in healthcare contexts including health campaign development. Ethical questions regarding each of these health communication contexts will be explored as well.
  • Initiate, participate, and develop competency in research on health and medical communication issues.
  • Gain skills in understanding clinical problems affected by communication.
  • Develop the capabilities necessary to translate research on clinical problems impacted by communication into practice.
  • Receive training for academic jobs and healthcare professional positions.

IU requires a minimum of 90 credit hours of approved graduate coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate work completed with a grade of B or better may be transferred with the approval of the advisory committee and the Dean of the University Graduate School. All coursework taken for the Ph.D.

Which department am I in?

School of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,183.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program. Baccalaureate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a master's degree cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required (MSN GPA supersedes BSN GPA). Have completed graduate level preparation in statistics (3 credit hours with a grade of B- or higher) for the MSN-PhD track only.

For international students

Students entering the program must:

Have at least a Master’s degree (minimum of 30 credit hours) in a related social science or health discipline, completed with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Preference will be given to those students with degrees from communication studies programs.

All non-native speakers of English must also submit proof of English proficiency unless the applicant has a Bachelor's degree or higher from the US or a predominantly English-speaking country.

  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 79
  • TOEFL (paper-based) a minimum score of 550
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 7 Check with your academic department for approval
  • Any ELS Centre located in the US or Canada - Level 112 Check with your academic department for approval

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.