Category Archives: Health Comm

New Graduate Certificate Program in Health Communication

The School of Communication now offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Communication. The program is open to students currently enrolled in any graduate degree program, as well as to non-degree applicants with a bachelor’s degree.

The program requires 12 semester hours of health communication course work. The courses in the certificate program examine research, theory and practices of communication.

“Students earning the graduate certificate in health communication will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze, evaluate and apply effective communication in health contexts,” according to Laura Prividera, associate director of the School of Communication and director of the school’s graduate studies.

Students currently enrolled in the School of Communication MA program with an emphasis in health communication are not eligible to earn the certificate.

For more information, please contact Dr. Prividera at

ECU’s School of Communication Hosts Distinguished Health Communication Scholar

To help celebrate the school’s five-year anniversary of its master’s in health communication degree, Dr. Gary Kreps, an innovator in health communication and Visiting Scholar at the ECU School of Communication, spoke about the importance of scholarship in the growing field in a public lecture on October 26.

Kreps gave his lecture, “Communication and the Continuum of Care: A Mandate for Health Communication Scholarship,” at the East Carolina Heart Institute. The ECU School of Communication was presenting Kreps’ lecture in conjunction with the ECU Brody School of Medicine Department of Public Health Grand Rounds.

Kreps has been working in health communication since its early days in the 1970s. Health communication includes doctors discussing care with patients, governments advising the public on health issues and societies working to ensure that diverse populations learn about how to stay healthy.

“Increasingly my own work is focusing on reducing health disparities for vulnerable and at-risk populations both domestically and internationally,” said Kreps, whose research projects have earned external grant awards totaling more than $31 million.

In addition to his lecture, Kreps met with several School of Communication and Department of Health Education and Promotion classes over three days of his visit.

Kreps’ visit helped the School of Communication mark the fifth anniversary of the Master of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in health. A celebratory reception was held at the Heart Institute following the public lecture.

School of Communication Graduate Student Receives Diversity Award from NASCAR

ECU School of Communication graduate student, Brittani Parker, who completed an internship with NASCAR, received special recognition from the organization.

“I still can’t believe it,” Parker said. “I’m elated to know that NASCAR selected me for such a prestigious recognition. It’s truly an honor to have interned with the NASCAR Foundation last summer and to be recognized for the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Award.”

The award is in recognition of exemplary personal effort to incorporate diversity in the motorsports industry. Parker was recognized at the 4th Annual NASCAR Diversity Awards event in Daytona Beach, Fla. Key individuals from across the NASCAR community were present.

The NASCAR internship took place in the summer of 2010 following Parker’s May  graduation from Winston-Salem State University. Parker’s internship was in the Charlotte office, where the NASCAR Foundation is located. She is now a graduate student in the School of Communication’s master’s degree program. The School of Communication offers a master of arts degree in communication with an emphasis in health communication.