University of Hyderabad launches new Health Communication course

University of Hyderabad launches new Health Communication course

The Department of Communications of University of Hyderabad has launched a one-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Communication to be offered from the academic session 2012-13.

According to a university release, the course has been designed in view of huge demand in India and across the developing world for competent health communicators.

The course is an initiative under UGC Innovative Programmes Scheme and aims to create professionals who can help the healthcare sector achieve maximum impact through effective and strategic use of communication. The Health Communication course will provide students with an understanding of the broad issues in health in India, the policy, practice and challenges in health, as well as an exposure to media techniques and communication principles. Students will undergo one semester of intensive course work followed by a semester of supervised research and a practicum.

The PG Diploma in Health Communication will benefit from the expertise of the Department’s faculty as well as visitors from other disciplines within the University besides the premier institutions working in health and allied fields in Hyderabad and elsewhere.

The university spokesperson described the health communication as a rapidly growing field, with the demand far in excess of supply. Successful completion of the course, along with the passion for change can take graduates wherever they might want to go in health care sector.

Government, private and civil society organizations offer a wide range of opportunities for those who can communicate about health, to achieve health objectives.

A brochure for the Health Communication course can be downloaded from the website The last date for submission of applications: is May 4, 2012.