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Deanna Nelson

Deanna Nelson

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Undergraduate Institution: Case Western Reserve University  

Undergraduate Major: Anthropology and Psychology

Type of Work: I recently finished a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA and I would love to continue supporting the health of communities.

Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?

I chose the MSHC program because it sees health communication as more than just print and digital promotions but as a framework to enact system change. While other health communication programs teach you how to develop a health campaign or distill medical information for the public, the MSHC at Northwestern prepares you to identify, analyze, and solve communication problems in healthcare.

What are your career goals?

I hope to make healthcare easier to navigate for patients and the public by advocating for increased engagement and integration between healthcare systems and the communities they serve.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

Proseminar! Kim is a great instructor who wants to see each of us succeed professionally. Every week we are hearing from an engaging speaker in the field or learning about various resources and tips for marketing ourselves to an employer.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life? 

Set aside some time early in the week to review the assignments and readings you need to complete before the next class. A little preparation can prevent you from scrambling to finish assignments.

Is there any additional advice or information that you would share?

Take advantage of Northwestern’s numerous resources available to students. The Women’s Center hosts a weekly meditation session that I enjoy attending!