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Master of Health Communication

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 71031

Faculty of Humanities
Department of English and Communication

Stream Code


Mode of Study On-line Mode

Normal Duration

3 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
5 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$5,600 per credit for local and non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Bernadette Watson
Interim Head and Professor, Department of English and Communication


This programme is offered subject to approval.

Aims & Characteristics

Specifically developed for practitioners in Asia, this programme will provide students with the diverse practical knowledge and skills that are critical to healthcare management. It will address the unique challenges facing healthcare and health policy from the viewpoint of effective communication dissemination, bringing together linguistics, psychology, health informatics and advances in computer science to create a strong interdisciplinary focus on health and communication. It will allow students to gain a thorough and in-depth knowledge of important aspects of health policy and governance, as well as communicating effectively with diverse healthcare stakeholders across different health contexts.


Compulsory Subjects

  • Critical Thinking in Healthcare Issues of the 21st Century
  • Fundamentals of Organisational Communication in the Health Context
  • Leadership and Communication in the Health Context
  • Managing Effective Health Communication Across Modalities
  • Research Design and Methods


Electives Subjects

  • Practical Communication Strategies I
  • Practical Communication Strategies II
  • Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
  • Communication
  • Research Project
  • Social Context and Ethics
  • Social Planning and the Policy Process
  • Comparative Social Policy and Social Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Policy
  • Emerging Issues of Social Policy in Asia

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised institution. Applicants will usually be expected to be employed or to have work experience in the healthcare context. While work experience is not mandatory, preference will be given to applicants who meet this criterion. Applicants will also be expected to meet one of the following requirements.
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 96 or above in the Internet-based test or 590 or above in the paper-based test; or
    • An overall Band Score of at least 7 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
    • Sufficient competence in English* to study successfully at the taught Master’s level, as demonstrated by performance in the admission interview and written test set by the Department of English and Communication.


* This will apply only to native or non-native English applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a university using English as a medium of instruction.


Exceptional cases shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. 



For further information, please contact:
Ms Emily To (email: emilie.to@polyu.edu.hk).