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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’s careers span the healthcare industry. Here’s a small sample of the areas our students pursue and the organizations that hire them.

Early Career (0-5 yrs. of experience):

  • Policy Analyst, Connect for Health Colorado
  • Customer Service Specialist, Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Voicer User Interface Designer, Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Decision Support Specialist, Strata Decision Technology
  • Administrative Assistant, Thoracic Surgery, Northwestern Medicine
  • MyChart Application Services Manager, EPIC
  • Coordinator 2, Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Junior Brand Strategist, Health Brand Group
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Coordinator, SCL Health Colorado
  • Communications Specialist, American Lung Association of Greater Chicago
  • Analyst, Population Health Operations, VillageMD

Mid-Career (5-10 yrs. of experience)

  • Corporate Partnership Specialist, Feeding America
  • Sr. Director Client Implementation, Teledoc
  • Director of Health Communications & Content Strategy, Upfront Healthcare Services
  • Sr. Manager, Advocacy Communication, American Academy of Dermatology
  • Managing Director, Pharmacy Programs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL
  • Quality Program Supervisor, UCSF Medical Center
  • Sr. Communication Specialist, Digital Health, Rush University Medical Center
  • Sr. Voice User Interface Designer, Waterfield Technology
  • Manager Market Research, AbbVie
  • Sr. Director, Content & Product Marketing, AVIA
  • Project Manager, Government Affairs, Joint Commission
  • Southwest Regional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, DPR Construction
  • Director of CX & UX teams in Enterprise Modernization, CVS Health
  • Associate Director, Market Research, Sanofi Genzyme
  • Director of Communications, National Headache Foundation
  • Clinical Research Project Manager, Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine

Experienced Career (10+ yrs. of experience)

  • Senior Managing Advisor, Jarrad, Phillips, Cate & Hancock
  • Vice President, Health Care Service Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Director, Customer Success, VigiLanz
  • Director, Public Affairs, AbbVie
  • Sr. Specialist, Brand & Patient Experience, Alliance Rx Walgreens

  • Director of Health Content, Movember Foundation

  • Associate Vice President, Market Products & Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL

  • Health Communication Specialist, Food and Drug Administration

  • Research Director, Oak Dermatology

  • Director, Corporate Development and Venture Investment, Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL
  • Community Impact Manager for Social Impact, GoodRx
  • Strategic Product Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield (IL, MT, MN, OK, TX)
  • Clinical Operations Manager – Recruitment, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)