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Career Paths

The Northwestern MS in Health Communication is a highly flexible and highly marketable credential. Students advance or transition their careers in a variety of roles across the healthcare industry.

Health Communication Careers at a Glance

From non-profit, advocacy, or government organizations to private sector healthcare organizations, student career pursuits span the healthcare industry. Here’s a small sample of the areas our students pursue and the organizations that hire them.

Private Sector

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Biotech
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical
  • User Experience Design Firms

And others.

Public Sector

  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Charitable Foundations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Professional Associations
  • Research Organizations


  • Federal, State, Local Public Health Offices
  • CDC
  • FDA

Companies where alumni have landed:

  • AbbVie
  • Aetna
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Aon Allied Benefit
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • City of Chicago
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Evolent Health
  • Genentech
  • Go Health
  • Grant Thornton
  • Howard Brown Health
  • IA Collaborative
  • Jarrard Phillips Cate Hancock
  • Livongo
  • Microsoft
  • Northwestern University
  • Rush University Cancer Center
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Sinai Health System
  • Systems
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • UC Davis Medical Center
  • VigiLanz
  • Wolters Kluwer

Sample Titles

Here are some sample titles graduates hold or have held. This list is not exhaustive. Opportunities abound in the industry.

  • Clinical Solutions Specialist
  • Communication Studies Instructor
  • Communications and Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Relations Manager
  • Compliance Manager
  • Digital Content Strategist
  • Digital Designer
  • Director Customer Success
  • Director Health Communication
  • Director Health Education
  • Director of Marketing
  • Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Director of Clinical Research
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Health Literacy/Plain Language Communication Specialist
  • Health Insurance Specialist
  • Healthcare Program Manager
  • Interaction Designer
  • International Health Communication Specialist
  • Knowledge Center Manager
  • Marketing Outreach Consultant
  • Medical Editor
  • Medical Writer
  • Operations Program Manager
  • Patient Engagement Specialist
  • Patient Experience Coordinator
  • Patient Safety Leader
  • Practitioner: doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc. 
  • Prevention Coordinator
  • Product Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Senior Communications Manager
  • Senior Health Writer
  • Senior Sales Specialist
  • User Experience Designer