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This unique, 12-credit graduate certificate program is entirely online and can help advance your career in science communication.
Students interested in Science Communication will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills as writers by taking courses in technical writing, writing for scholarly journals, proposal and grant writing, and writing for the public. As scholars in the healthcare industry, it is important to understand how to write to appeal to different audiences. Many students interested in this degree program will work in the following fields: technical writing, medical writing, grant writing, medical research, communications, marketing, grants management, program management, and more.
According to the US Department of Labor, employment of technical writers is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024. The knowledge and training you'll receive in the Science Communication Certificate Program will prepare you to jump-start your career in a number of rapidly growing fields, including:
- Scientific Journalism
- Public Information/Affairs
- Research and academic institutions
- Technical and Scientific Writing
- Writing for Scholarly Journals
- Writing Proposals and Grants
Science Communication is a 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program offered in an asynchronous, 100% online environment. This means that we offer maximum flexibility to meet the needs of working professionals. There are no online meetings or set times when you'll need to log in; just submit your coursework before the posted deadline, and check back in for feedback from your instructors and classmates.
As a student in this program, you will acquire expertise in science communication. Your classmates will most likely be practicing professionals with a health, scientific, or journalism background who are employed or seeking employment in positions requiring this specialization.
Program Completion Timeline
- All four courses will be offered at least once each year to enable you to complete the program within one year.
- Participants can start the program at the start of any term.
- Although most students complete the program within one year, you will be allowed up to three years to complete the program.
The Science Communication certificate is a stackable credential that can be applied toward a Master of Science in Health Sciences. This program is available entirely online, and can be completed by a working professional in as little as 18 months. If you decide to continue your studies in our MS Health Science program, all 12 of the credits earned via completion of the Science Communication certificate program are completely transferrable. This means that when you finish your certificate, you'll be 18 credits away from a Master's degree!