Undergraduate Institution: Northern Illinois University
Undergrad Major: BFA Interior Architecture
Type of Work: Oncology Process of Care Improvement
Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?
The MSHC program perfectly aligns with the work I currently do and is providing me with knowledge and skills to further my potential in health care problem solving.
What are your career goals?
To work more face to face with people. And continue to make improvements in the care of cancer patients (and caregivers) and the day to day experience delivering that care for the providers.
What is your favorite part of the program so far?
The learning. Kind of broad, but oh so true. I have so much knowledge in the beginning weeks of the program that not only applies to my professional work, but to everyday life as a human being. Also I have a new understanding of the social determinants of health and how those affect individuals, communities and this country. But most of all is health policy and how it has got us to where we are today as a country.
Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?
Pick a time in your life to do this program when you can minimize the commitment to your life outside of work and school. A one year Masters program is intense. Make friends in your co-hort. They will be your sounding board, your support and think tank partners.
Is there any additional advice or information that you would share?
There is no right or wrong age to do this program. Or no right or wrong experience. What you do need however is to have is the understanding that our country’s health system is broken and to have the desire to be someone to fix it. After a lot of work, reading and thought, I can tell this program will provide, certainly fuel, knowledge and skills to solve problems and make a difference.