Master of Arts in Health Communication

Health care has a global impact. 
You can, too.

In our modern world, misinformation spreads rapidly. You can change that. Your guidance can help communities and families access critical health information worldwide. Learn to develop your strategy and leadership skills to address the gaps in health literacy and education. Your degree does more than make you a valuable asset. It makes you a health care advocate.

When you earn your online Master of Arts in Health Communication (MAHC) degree from Rider University, you develop the skills to bring public health awareness to diverse populations. You can graduate prepared to analyze different health contexts, study the impact of media technologies and build sustainable solutions for engaging communication.

Why choose Rider for your online master’s in health communication?

Learn the discipline of health literacy on your schedule. Our online MAHC degree is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials. Our program can teach you to do more than shape the healthcare conversation — you’ll be on the front lines creating it. When you study with Rider, you develop the written, verbal and visual tools for strategic communication and help reach a broader audience.

Prepare for success as a career changer

Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online master’s in health communication program. Your enrollment advisor can help set you up for success by guiding you through the process. Make a smooth transition into the program — and your new career path.

Learn on your schedule

Our online master’s degree in health communication offers you the flexibility to grow your public health knowledge and communication skills around your life. You can join the online MAHC program in the fall, spring or summer, and work at your own pace on a part-time basis. With Rider, you can tailor your degree to fit with your commitments.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

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Gain one-on-one access to faculty

Diverse career opportunities

The demand for health communication specialist roles continues to grow, especially for those with graduate-level credentials. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for health communication workers are projected to increase by 16% between 2016 and 2026.

We’ve structured our MAHC program to give you a competitive edge in a thriving career field. Your master’s in health communication degree can qualify you for the following roles and median salaries*:

Marketing Specialist


Social and Community Service Manager


Marketing Manager


Advertising and Promotions Manager


Public Relations and Fundraising Manager


Sales Manager


*According to and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Value of Your Master’s in Health Communication

When you graduate with your Master of Arts in Health Communication degree from Rider University, you’re ready to prove your value as a health literacy advocate. Your advanced communication skills can prepare you for leadership positions across various settings. In fact, graduates of a master’s program can earn a 24% higher average annual salary than their undergraduate counterparts*, making the MAHC degree a valuable tool for increasing your earning potential.

Health messages shape our thoughts every day. Your expertise in health communication can help you understand audience needs and educate diverse populations. By learning to leverage your strengths in written, verbal and visual communication, you can transform health outcomes and contribute to positive health behaviors.

*According to a 2015 Georgetown University Study

Online Master of Arts in Health Communication Curriculum

Rider’s online curriculum can prepare you to make a meaningful contribution to health care and public health policy. Take courses in medical concepts, health communication theory, business presentation strategies and crisis communication. Learn to develop your strategy and leadership skills to help address the gaps in health literacy and education.

Your online courses are taught by distinguished faculty members and industry practitioners who can bring a practical and multidisciplinary approach to your studies. Our professors are available for you and committed to your academic success.

Explore our curriculum page.

Admission Requirements

Our online master’s degree in health communication provides you with the opportunity to build your industry expertise and enhance your career options. That’s why we do our best to make it accessible.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Application for graduate admission
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of aims and objectives (approx. 500-1,500 words) that indicates your reasons for pursuing graduate study in health communication
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA: 2.7/4.0
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of English language proficiency for international students
    • TOEFL iBT: 79 (scores that fall between 75 and 78 will require further review)
    • TOEFL PBT: 540
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • PTE 53
  • An interview may be required. The Office of Graduate Admissions will be in touch to schedule this.

Pick a start time that works for you.

Your program has to fit around your schedule. So in addition to making our MAHC degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your Master of Arts in Health Communication degree from Rider University, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Learn the environmental, social and psychological influences that directly impact health outcomes, and help develop sustainable solutions for circulating health information. By studying with Rider, you can achieve your goals and position yourself for success.