Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


The students who provide the requirements below and pass the written and oral exam will be accepted to Health Communication Master's Program in Graduate School of Social Sciences at Hacettepe University. 

  1. Candidates applying the program are required to complete a four-year Bachelor's Degree program, including Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, with an average of at least 2.70 (two point seventy) over 4.00 (four),
  2. Candidates are required to score at least 55 standard points from either one of the quantitative, verbal or equal weight categories of the Academic Personnel and Graduate Education Entrance Exam (Akademik Personel ve Lisans├╝st├╝ E─čitimine Giri┼č S─▒nav─▒, ALES) organized by the Student Selection and Placement Center (├ľl├žme, Se├žme ve Yerle┼čtirme Merkezi, ├ľSYM). Alternatively, applicants are required to submit an equivalent score, determined by the Hacettepe University Senate, in the internationally recognized GRE and GMAT examinations,
  3. Candidates are required to score at least 60 points or an equivalent score from foreign language examinations on English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, which are held at the national or international level, whose equivalence is approved by the Hacettepe University Senate.
  4. For final evaluation, 50% of the ALES score, 30% of the written exam and interview, 10% of the GPA and 10% of the foreign language exam score will be taken into consideration.
  5. Candidates should submit an at least one-page letter of intent (Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12, 1.5 Line Spacing) explaining their reasons to apply to the Health Communication Master?s Program and a curriculum vitae (cv) with photograph to Institute of Social Sciences, Hacettepe University.
  6. The conditions that are not stated above are subject to the relevant provisions of the Hacettepe University Regulations on Graduate Education and Examination.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


In order to complete the Health Communication Master's Program, the students are required to take 4 compulsory, 3 elective and 1 seminar and to submit and defend a successful master's thesis. A minimum of 120 ECTS is required at the end of these studies in order to graduate.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


The recognition of prior learning in Health Communication Master?s Program at Hacettepe University requires to have equivalent courses in another graduate program either at Hacettepe University or another higher education institution being enrolled and recognition of the credits held within the transfer process between the programs. 

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The aim of the Hacettepe University Health Communication Masters Program is to have graduates who

a. is competent to use and evaluate the basic concepts, interrelations between the concepts, approaches and theories in the field of health, communication and health communication on a theoretical and practical basis;

b. has the knowledge and capability of conducting activities in the field of health communication;

c. has the knowledge of both interpersonal and media dimension of health communication and apply this knowledge to her/his studies; has the knowledge of methodological approaches, methods and research techniques in the field of health communication and the competency and skill to apply and evaluate this knowledge.

d. designs and conducts researches through using qualitative and quantitative research techniques, evaluates the results of the researches and writes academic articles;

e. discusses the arising problems with scientific and current knowledge in relation to health communication and proposes solutions to them; 

f. acts according to the academic and professional ethical principles to the individuals from different ethnicities, sexes and cultures;

g. follows current developments, approaches and resources in the field of health communication, evaluates them with a critical and questioning attitude, participates in relevant discussions, and produces novel knowledge in this regard,

h. adopts an interdisciplinary perspective in relation to her/his study field, question, interpret and evaluate them with this perspective.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


The graduates completing this program can be employed in human resources unit where interaction with patient and patient's relative take place, patient rights unit and chief at quality management department at the institutions providing health service particularly at different ministries such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Service. In addition they can be employed at organizations and agencies promoting materials and services connected to health and they can serve as a researcher in researches of health and specialize at health bureaucracy. 

D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


It is mandatory for students, who are accepted to Health Communication Master's Program at Hacettepe University, to take the compulsory courses of Health Communication, Research Methods and Ethics in Health Communication, Health Promotion and Health Communication Research Seminar and also to submit and defend a successful master's thesis. Other courses in the program are elective. In this program, 1 ECTS credit is equal to 30 hours of workload.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


The assessment and evaluation methods for each course are defined in the "Curriculum" in the information package prepared by the course instructor(s). For exams and grading, the relevant articles of the Hacettepe University Regulations on Graduate Education and Examination shall prevail. 

D.16. Graduation Requirements


In order to complete the Health Communication Master?s Program, the students are required to take 4 compulsory, 3 elective and 1 seminar and to submit and defend a successful master's thesis. A minimum of 120 ECTS is required at the end of these studies in order to graduate.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu ┼×im┼ček

Head of Department


Tel: 90 312) 297 62 25 - 29

Fax: (90 312) 297 62 26

Address: ─░leti┼čim Bilimleri B├Âl├╝m├╝ ? ─░leti┼čim Fak├╝ltesi

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