Hello, everyone! Here are some details for those wondering what a day of class in the Master of Science in Health Communication program is like.
This year’s class has 60 students per term. Students come from many different areas of Chicago, cities, states, and countries. For example, we have students from Chicago, but we also have classmates from California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and New York. We even have international students from India and Nicaragua. Therefore, you have the opportunity to meet a vast variety of individuals that each brings their unique views and opinions. Our students have different professional backgrounds as well. Our classmates are lawyers, pharmacists, social workers, teachers, physicians, nurses, consultants, business, and information technology professionals to name just a few. This mix of people gives you an excellent opportunity to listen to opinions from different perspectives and to network.
We also have excellent teachers. For example, Doctor Bruce Lambert is a professor and director of the Center for Communication and Health. He teaches The Experience of Illness which focuses on understanding the trajectory of chronic illness, the importance of biopsychosocial model of medicine, and alternatives of chronic care management unlike what is being practiced in the norm. Another great example is Professor Liss. He is a researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern and teaches The U.S. Healthcare System. In his class, you will learn the most recent changes in the healthcare arena after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the organization of the insurance companies and payment methods, preventive care, and socio-demographic aspects of health. Our faculty is very supportive; they are ready to listen to your needs and help you to find solutions if any academic problem jeopardizes your learning.
In addition to the two courses each quarter, students have the proseminar which is an hour class where the guest speaker talks about their respective healthcare field or job. Speakers bring information about trending topics in healthcare, career pathways, and employment opportunities.
Class Day Structure
Students have class every Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon followed by a lunch break. Students return for the proseminar speaker at 1:00 pm, and continue with a class from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Every Saturday has different activities, and there are ten Saturdays per term. Some Saturdays students will have a ”lunch and learn” class, which is part of the career counseling offered by the Center for Communication and Health. Lunch and learn is taught by our career advisor, who helps students to build their resume, cover letter, find an internship, and explore job options. Also, there are internship fairs and networking opportunities for the students every term.
We have a great team of professionals who support the class every Saturday. For example, Alex is an IT specialist who video records the classes. He answers any question related with IT in class. Jennie is the program coordinator. She oversees the student experience and works to make sure students have all they need to succeed in the program.