Feb 27, 2024  
2019-2020 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Communication (B.S.)

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Interdisciplinary Major of the Communication Studies and Health Promotion Departments

Admission Requirements for the Health Communication Major

All students wishing to declare a major of Health Communication must request admission to the major. EIU’s admission requirements will serve as requirements to become a Health Communication major.

After completing 15 cumulative semester hours, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who fall below this requirement will be placed on probationary status for the next term in which they are actively enrolled at the University. If their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 at the close of the probationary term, they will be removed from the major. Students who have been removed from the major have the option of applying for admission to the major again in the future once they are able to meet all admission requirements.

Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours

Semester hours required for the major: 59 semester hours (including an 8 s.h. internship)

All Health Promotion classes are approved for online delivery. Select Communication Studies classes are approved for online delivery.


A grade of C or better is required in all Communication Studies, Health Communication, and Health Promotion courses counting toward the major.

Students must enroll in a minimum total of 8 semester hours of internship.

Major GPA based on all Communication Studies/Health Promotion courses taken at EIU. The minimum GPA required for graduation is 2.0.

Students may earn up to 12 s.h. of course credit in the major through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). PLA evaluates the college-level knowledge and skills an individual has gained outside the classroom, and determines if and how the knowledge and skills acquired translates to specific college-level courses. PLA awards credit for LEARNING, not just for experience or time “on the job”. Students who wish to earn course credit through PLA must consult with the academic advisor for their academic program, and follow the Health Communication major’s approved process.


Electives: 12 hours

Students will select 12 hours of coursework in consultation with the Health Communication advisor.


*Students must enroll in a minimum total of 8 semester hours of internship.

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