Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Program in Communication offers three certificate programs, available to any of the following:

  • Students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Communication
  • Students in other doctoral programs at the university
  • Students enrolled in the Graduate School for non-degree certification status

To apply for any of our certificates, please go to: While completing the application, please select the appropriate certificate as your "Plan of Study" option.

For domestic applicants, the following Graduate Program of Communication deadlines apply:

  • Spring (November 15)
  • Summer II (no Summer I entry) (April 15)
  • Fall (July 1)

For international applicants, the following Graduate School deadlines apply:

  • Fall semester admission - March 15
  • Spring semester admission - August 15
  • Summer semester - International students are not admitted for summer sessions

During the last 15 years the Graduate Faculty in Communication have obtained more than $30 million in federal grants in health communication, the doctoral Program has been ranked 6th in the country in health communication (applied communication) by the National Communication Association and four of our graduate students have been awarded prestigious National Cancer Institute internships. At least one-third of our Graduate Faculty Members are actively involved in health communication research.

The Certificate Program is aimed primarily at individuals interested in developing specialized knowledge and research expertise in health communication that can be applied within both academic and non-academic settings.  Students are expected to have a background in social or behavioral science prior to entering the program.


CJT 671 Proseminar in Health Communication 3 credits
CJT 771 Seminar in Health Communication 3 credits
CJT 775 Seminar in Health Communication Campaigns 3 credits
Elective (choose one of the following): 3 credits
  CJT 780 Special Topics in Communication  
  CJT 790 Research Problems in Communication  
  Graduate-level course in Medical Informatics   
TOTAL 12 credits

For more information, please visit or contact the Certificate Director, Dr. Bobi Ivanov at or (859) 257-9467 or or (859) 218-3613.

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The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Communication will be advantageous for community members and professionals who are employed in an educational, organization, or healthcare setting.  It will also be appropriate for current graduate students in diverse colleges who can complement their degree wtih expertise in instructional communication. In order to earn a certificate in instructional communication, students must successfully complete 12 hours of coursework. They may choose any combination of the following courses to tailor their specific instruction context and professional needs:


For more information, please visit\sis\icr\graduate or contact the Certificate Director, Dr. Brandi Frisby at or or (859) 218-3613. 

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“We designed this certificate for professionals who are tasked with risk and crisis planning or might have to communicate with internal or external publics in a crisis, but have never had formal education to guide their actions,” says Dan O’Hair, dean of the College of Communication and Information and editor of The Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication.

The coursework will provide foundational understanding of risk and crisis communication and practical application of knowledge.  Outcomes of the risk communication and crisis communication courses may include research studies, risk communication campaigns, organization risk assessment, crisis communication plans, crisis communication assessments, or grant proposals.  The training and consulting course addresses theoretical and pragmatic issues of training, consulting, and teambuilding.  The knowledge management course focuses on how to leverage knowledge assets to more quickly recognize risks and address crises as they emerge.

Required Coursework                                                                                        (12 hours)

At least two (2) courses must be taken from the list below.  
CJT 721 Risk Communication 3 credits
CJT 722 Crisis Communication 3 credits
CJT 780 Special Topics: Disasters and Terrorism 3 credits
Additional courses that count towards the certificate.  
CJT 610 Participatory Communication 3 credits
CJT 682 Communication and Persuasion 3 credits
CJT 723 Training and Consulting 3 credits
CJT 726 Communication Leadership Studies 3 credits
CJT 771 Seminar in Health Communication 3 credits
CJT 775 Seminar in Health Communication Campaigns 3 credits
LIS 658 Knowledge Management 3 credits

For more information, please visit or contact the Certificate Director, Dr. Bobi Ivanov at or (859) 257-9467 or or (859) 218-3613.


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