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Erin Gilroy

Erin Gilroy

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Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Chicago

Undergraduate Major: Education and business administration; I have a BS in Special Education and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago

Type of Work: Market research and consulting in the pharmaceutical industry

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

I chose the MSHC program at Northwestern because the coursework is very diverse and covers a wide range of health care topics that interest me. I was also really inspired by the passion and expertise of Dr. Lambert and the rest of the faculty, and can’t wait to continue learning from them over the next year.

What are your career goals?

My goal is to be a voice and advocate for patients – and I’m hopeful that this program will prepare and empower me for a career in patient services. I look forward to using the knowledge and skills that I gain from this program to improve the state of communication in health care for patients in particular.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

Every person in this program has a unique background and career path, but we all have a mutual interest in improving the state our health care system. I am inspired by and learn from my classmates every week. I also already have a much firmer grasp on the intricacies and nuances of our health care system, which is a big help to me in my work.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life? 

Be proactive, stay organized and remember why you started. With that and some hard work, this program is completely doable.

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

You may need to make some sacrifices in order to be successful (I know I did!), but making time for yourself shouldn’t be one of them. Also, this program has a lot to offer outside of the classroom – so be sure to take advantage of the networking and career resources at your disposal.