Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

Master in Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies

You can enrich the well being of individuals, families and communities with the knowledge gained from Fontbonne’s Master of Arts in FCS: Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies.

Our program provides a strong professional knowledge base that enhances skills in advocacy and leadership and allows you to effectively meet the needs of individuals, families and communities in local and global environments.

Program Highlights

Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies Concentration

You will gain the tools to assist in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities through our concentration in multidisciplinary health communication studies. This unique program, offered by the family & consumer sciences (FCS) department, features the concentration curriculum as well as courses from the FCS core.

Using theoretical framework in the context of your professional experiences, you’ll learn to compassionately and respectfully assist those you serve by developing timely messages that will enhance knowledge and support behavior change.

You’ll study topics such as advocacy, leadership, health behavior theory and health messaging using social media platforms. You can pursue a track in research to increase knowledge depth in your area of interest or a track in management to further your skills with strategic planning, human resources and budgeting. Or, if qualified, you can complete a supervised practice to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

This program will help you develop and deliver clear and concise messages for targeted audiences. Supervisors in the workforce report that our students take into consideration the life circumstances of the individuals and families they work with and communicate with them in a holistic fashion to determine realistic solutions to their concerns and behavior change goals.

Professionals in this area are needed in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit settings in fields such as public relations, technical writing and editing, community health education and wellness.

Our small class sizes encourage meaningful discussion between faculty and students. Guest speakers and off-campus community program opportunities help you gain additional real-world experiences

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways

We also offer Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) as an alternative for dietetics graduates who have not been matched with a formal internship program. Earn a graduate degree in FCS with a concentration in health communication and reach your goal of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Through these concentrations, you’ll learn to use theoretical frameworks in the context of your professional experiences; address human needs intellectually, compassionately and respectfully; advocate for individuals in public and private spaces; and assist colleagues by addressing the need for balance in the workplace.

Our small class sizes encourage meaningful discussion among faculty and students. Guest speakers and off-site community program opportunities help you gain additional real-world experiences.

Teacher and student participating in campF.R.E.S.H.

campF.R.E.S.H.®

campF.R.E.S.H.® at Fontbonne University takes kids entering 4th through 7th grade on an interactive, hands-on journey toward better health through activities emphasizing culinary experiences, nutrition, health and wellness, physical exercise and creativity.

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Dietary Manager Training Program

If your career goals include a management position, you will want to consider this important program to get the advanced training, business acumen and practical experience you need to lead.

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Career Opportunities

Earning your master’s in multidisciplinary health communication studies prepares you for a career in a variety of settings, including for-profit and nonprofit institutions that meet the health and wellness needs of those they serve. A diverse course of study for an ever-changing world also prepares you to serve in a variety of capacities within a public or private organization. The U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics (2016 – 2017) notes:

  • The need for qualified professionals to teach individuals and families about behaviors that promote wellness will rise 13 percent over the next seven years.
  • Demand for communication occupations stem from the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information throughout a variety of different platforms.
  • The annual median wage was $54,780 as of May 2016.

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