The Health Communication Division supports several awards. Two of these awards are co-sponsored with the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA): Dissertation of the Year and the Kundrat Thesis of the Year. The Chair of ICA's Health Communication Division posts a call for those awards each year, typically in February. The NCA Top Papers are the top scoring papers (faculty and student) submitted to the annual NCA conference. They are announced in June of each year and the recipients are formally acknowledged at the NCA Health Communication Division Business Meeting.

The Outstanding Health Communication Scholar, Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor, Distinguished Book in HC, and Distinguished Article/Chapter in HC are awarded by NCA's Health Communication Division. The Immediate Past Chair of NCA's Health Communication Division issues a call for all four awards each year. Nominations are sent electronically to the Immediate Past Chair. All nominations are (typically) due June 1st.