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Markeisha Marshall

Markeisha Marshall

Undergraduate Institution: Eastern Michigan University
Undergrad Major: Public Relations and Political Science
Type of Work: Public Affairs, Biopharmaceutical  

Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?
Curiosity and a deep desire to master my approach to making an impact in people’s lives. I was compelled to take time to think more intently about the complexities in the experience of health and access to care. This program stood out because its approach is anchored in communication strategy while focused on discovering solutions to real problems that can affect people in profound ways. It was clear that this experience would bring together my backgrounds in consumer health, science and technology and move me toward my aspirations. Through this master’s work, I am designing my next chapter of impact.  

What are your career goals?
My career in strategic communications and public relations has been varied and I anticipate it will continue to vary and evolve over the years. In every role moving forward, I will continue to tackle health challenges, and the underlying factors, to help ensure that solutions are authentic to real people who are vulnerable. My goal is to design experiences that improves quality of life.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?
The content and discussion. When collaborating with my colleagues at work, I’m able to apply refined thinking to my recommendations and builds. It awesome to see how immediately applicable the program has been.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?
Like others in the program, I have a lot going on! My approach is to do something toward my master’s work everyday, with Sunday being my lighter, more relaxing day where I may just do some reading for a short time. 

Additional advice or insights?
Consider the innovations in every other facet of life that make life more simple or are customized to suite your needs. How can you contribute to innovations in the experience of health and access to care?  That’s what we are exploring here. That’s a question that motivates me.