April 22, 2014
Drury University’s new Digital Health Communication graduate certificate program begins June 2. Enrollment remains open for the upcoming cohort.
Designed by communication research faculty and facilitated by professionals in the field of digital healthcare, the certificate program seeks to build students’ skills in the growing and converging fields of digital communication and healthcare technology.
Recently featured on Forbes.com and currently enrolling students from three continents, the innovative DHC certificate program is designed to be valuable, flexible and highly relevant to today’s healthcare workforce.
“Digital health technology is reshaping healthcare on a global scale,” says Jeff Riggins, program director. “Health researchers and professionals working in the field understand that this technology is most effective when combined with a strong focus on human communication. Our program intends to serve as a resource for those seeking to narrow the gaps that currently exist, while working to guide the industry into the future.”
Digital health communication is the intersection of digital and social technologies and healthcare. Examples may include using mobile apps for medical care and monitoring, using online communities for social support and patient education, or using social networking sites for public health preparedness and prevention.
“Our goal as digital health communicators is to understand this intersection and provide our clients the best counsel to navigate this emerging field,” says Sarah Mahoney, Director of Digital Health Practice at Weber Shandwick Public Relations, who is among the first professionals to present in the program. “The most important thing we can offer our clients is confidence. Healthcare companies need to feel confident in the communications tactics they employ, especially in a highly-regulated environment.”
The entirely online program consists of six one-month block courses. Classes may be completed as stand alone units or combined to earn the certificate. The limited number of participants per cohort (maximum of 16) provides the opportunity to tailor studies based on the specific areas of highest interest to the individual.
For more information about the DHC program, visit Drury.edu/digitalhealthcommunication.
Media contact: Jeff Riggins, Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Health Communication, at (417) 861-7041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.