Coventry University has launched Europe’s first MA course focusing on health journalism.
The university has identified what it calls a “massive gap” in the training of specialist journalists covering health services and health policy.
It believes that in the current economic situation, where journalism jobs are becoming ever scarcer, specialist skills can make all the difference to graduates.
The new one-year MA course combines the basics of journalistic theory and practice with specialist content and the academic level of a full master’s degree.
“We’re unique,” says lead tutor Dr John Lister, himself an award-winning health journalist with over 25 years experience and a doctorate in health policy.
“Researchers have told us ours is the only course of its kind in Europe. We aim to keep it the best and to ensure that the widest possible audience can find well-researched, reliable and readable news and analysis about health, health services and health care.
The Health Journalism MA takes a year to complete full time, but there are part time options and options to study postgraduate diploma over six months or postgraduate certificate for three months.