Northwestern University MS Health Communication

Northwestern University MS Health Communication The professional MS degree in health communication is a unique program that will prepare students to solve important problems in healthcare.

The Center for Communication and Health is a program of Northwestern University’s world-renowned School of Communication. Located in Abbott Hall in the heart of the Northwestern medical center campus, the Center for Communication and Health is the first unit to take up residence on the School of Communication’s Chicago campus. The guiding principle for the Center is to assemble an interdisciplinary group of scholars who share the goal of designing new interfaces to promote health. We are using the term interface in a very broad sense, to refer to any interaction, message, or medium that serves people as an entry point to the ideas, information, intentions, strategies, people, networks, and organizations that can improve their health and wellness. Our decision to focus on interfaces signals a commitment to draw on and integrate two otherwise disparate streams of research to promote improvements in health and healthcare: first, research on social influence, which informs us about how communication can shape attention, learning, attitudes, intentions, and behavior to promote health; and second, research on human-centered design, which informs us about how individuals navigate through sociotechnical systems to gain the information, not to mention the protocols and treatments, they need to achieve their health goals.

Mission: Through education and research, the Center’s mission is to improve the quality and safety of healthcare as patients experience it, to improve the health of populations, and to reduce the cost of care by applying the interdisciplinary tools of interaction design as well as the communication arts and sciences to the most pressing challenges in healthcare.

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Four more weeks until our Round 2 Deadline! Those that are interested should apply now to our masters program. We are wa...
02/23/2021
Application Management

Four more weeks until our Round 2 Deadline!

Those that are interested should apply now to our masters program. We are waiving the $40 application fee until the end of February!

02/16/2021

More snow in Chicago comes with extra hazards! If traveling, plan out more time on the road, as conditions worsen. Bundle up if you plan to go outside, and wear insulated items to avoid wet clothes.

Be safe Chicago! It’s been years since we’ve had this much snow!

Staff Highlight! EPICS Associate Director Kimberley Cornwell, is MSHC’s coach, mentor, cheerleader, and supporter that e...
01/26/2021
Helping Students Understand Where an MS in Health Communication Can Lead – Master of Science in Health Communication

Staff Highlight!

EPICS Associate Director Kimberley Cornwell, is MSHC’s coach, mentor, cheerleader, and supporter that encourages students as they pursue new career opportunities. Kim is essential to our students success!

Helping Students Understand Where an MS in Health Communication Can Lead Posted January 25, 2021 by amb4765 As the associate director of EPICS (the External Programs Internships and Career Services office), Kimberley Cornwell is known by MS in Health Communication students as a coach, mentor, cheerl...

Northwestern recognizes and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King today. We continue to serve our community and loo...
01/18/2021

Northwestern recognizes and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King today. We continue to serve our community and look forward to Northwestern University’s MLK week, which starts today.

No matter where we’re working-remotely or in person, breaks are essential. Make sure you’re mindful of your mental and p...
01/14/2021
Take a Break

No matter where we’re working-remotely or in person, breaks are essential. Make sure you’re mindful of your mental and physical while working!

If you are cooped up this winter, try these strategies for you and your child to build periodic movement breaks into your day.

Want to hear from our talented alumni? Starting this Wednesday, we are hosting Wednesday Webinars moderated by Dr. Bruce...
01/11/2021
MSHC Weekly Series w/ Dr. Lambert

Want to hear from our talented alumni? Starting this Wednesday, we are hosting Wednesday Webinars moderated by Dr. Bruce Lambert. Each week, we will have 30 minute sessions showcasing how alumni have improved health communication. Join us this week with an alumna from 2016!

01/01/2021

Happy New Year! Here’s to brighter days ahead in 2021.

Meet our Faculty: Dr. David Liss. Dr. Liss teaches student-favorite course, the US Healthcare system. Though taught virt...
12/17/2020
Featured Faculty: Dr. David Liss – Master of Science in Health Communication

Meet our Faculty: Dr. David Liss. Dr. Liss teaches student-favorite course, the US Healthcare system.

Though taught virtually this year, students understand and create solutions that tackle problems such as patient-level factors that affect healthcare costs, how the covid-19 pandemic exposed shortcomings in the US system and many more.

Featured Faculty: Dr. David Liss Posted December 17, 2020 by amb4765 Dr. David Liss, PhD teaches a student-favorite course, The US Healthcare System in the Fall for the MS in Health Communication program. He is also a Research Associate Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, w...

The first deadline for the Fall 2021 application is today! While we continue to support our students, consider submittin...
12/07/2020
Application Management

The first deadline for the Fall 2021 application is today! While we continue to support our students, consider submitting your application to our master’s program before the end of the year. We are waiving application fees and it can take less than 30 minutes to apply!

Thanksgiving this year is different is so many ways. However, we are so thankful to our community and those that continu...
11/26/2020

Thanksgiving this year is different is so many ways. However, we are so thankful to our community and those that continue to show threat passion in healthcare. Happy Thanksgiving!

The American Medical Association has now acknowledged that racism is a public health threat. To actively dismantle biase...
11/24/2020
New AMA policy recognizes racism as a public health threat

The American Medical Association has now acknowledged that racism is a public health threat. To actively dismantle biases, improve patient-doctor relations, and increase health inequality, health communication must be improved.

#healthcare #communication #medical

New policy adopted by AMA’s Special Meeting of its House of Delegates (HOD) recognizes racism as a public health threat.

11/23/2020

Thanksgiving is in 3 days. Though it may be different this year, in order to spread gratitude and not germs we all need to do our part to #stopthespread.

Try to limit your travel, reach out to loved ones with a call/video and keep wearing masks!

11/17/2020
Let’s thank our frontline workers!

As COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, we are staying home while we praise those who can’t. Thank you to our neighbors at NM and all other Chicagoland Hospitals. Mask up everyone!

As Thanksgiving and winter holidays approach, many experts are giving advice on alternatives to spending the holidays wi...
11/10/2020
Not giving Grandma COVID-19 is this holiday season’s best gift

As Thanksgiving and winter holidays approach, many experts are giving advice on alternatives to spending the holidays with extended family. How are you changing your plans this year?

When families disagree about COVID-19 safety precautions, planning holiday celebrations is fraught with conflict and potential risk. With the recent spike in cases, should we be gathering at all?

A new report by the American Psychological Association, shows that this year Americans are more stressed out than before...
11/02/2020
Stress in America™ 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis

A new report by the American Psychological Association, shows that this year Americans are more stressed out than before. No surprise here!

How do you deal with stress in your life? Diet, exercise and redefining social media habits can help combat levels of anxiety. Check out the findings below. #stress #staysafe #MentalHealth

Our 2020 survey reveals that Americans have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the external factors Americans have listed in previous years as significant sources of stress remain present and problematic. These compounding stressors are having real consequences on our minds and b...

ICYMI: Our Fall 2021 application is now live! If you are passionate about healthcare and want to implement change that a...
10/22/2020
Application Management

ICYMI: Our Fall 2021 application is now live!
If you are passionate about healthcare and want to implement change that affects patients, consider starting your application today.

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10/22/2020

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09/08/2020

With the recent temperature drop it’s feeling more like Fall and has us thinking about Orientation for our new cohort. We look forward to meeting our new students in just one week!

⏳Time is running out! ⏳Our final deadline is coming up soon. Don't miss your chance to  join the incoming 2021 cohort, a...
07/01/2020
Events – Master of Science in Health Communication

⏳Time is running out! ⏳

Our final deadline is coming up soon. Don't miss your chance to join the incoming 2021 cohort, and apply by August 10th. Register for a July event today and learn why this master's program is important for the current healthcare system in America.

Events Online Info Session Join us on select days for a short live, online info session. Learn more about the program and ask any questions you have. We want to make sure you have the support you need as you compile your required application materials and complete the application process.Wednesday,....

06/26/2020

As June comes to a close, our current cohort begins their final Summer quarter this Saturday. 11 weeks left until they finish their degree! 2020 has gone by so quickly.

05/21/2020

Do you have a passion for healthcare and patient safety?

Consider pursuing a Master’s in Health Communication! Our June events highlights that critical need for better communication in the US healthcare system and how this degree provides multiple career opportunities for its students. Find out how you can help shape healthcare in a one year, Saturday only program. Apply before June 15 to maximize your chance to receive merit-based aid!

04/15/2020

MSHC Faculty member, Dr. Nathan Walter has initiated several research projects that focus on communication practices and media selection during this pandemic. Recording participants on their health-related behavior and media diets, preliminary results show that individuals actively select media to manage their moods to combat anxiety of what they are feeling.

How are you filtering your media, stress and health?

We are so lucky to have amazing alumni that want to recall their past and how our program influenced where they are now....
04/01/2020

We are so lucky to have amazing alumni that want to recall their past and how our program influenced where they are now.

Recently, we reached out to Stacey Bashara from our 2016 class and loved hearing how she applied her learning to build her business and grow her list of active clients.

Read more about her experience below:
https://healthcomm.northwestern.edu/using-mshc-to-impact-at-every-level/

Week 9 of winter quarter and we’re all smiles!
03/09/2019

Week 9 of winter quarter and we’re all smiles!

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01/29/2019
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Due to extreme weather concerns, the Evanston and Chicago campuses will be closed from Tuesday at 8 p.m. to Thursday at 12 p.m. The University will continue to provide essential services, including policing, facilities management and residence hall dining. http://bit.ly/2Wr9arO

Had a fun and creative activity on the first day of class! :D
01/12/2019

Had a fun and creative activity on the first day of class! :D

"Anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of patients don't share relevant health information with their clinicians, a study publi...
12/30/2018
Most patients don't disclose relevant information to clinicians, study finds

"Anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of patients don't share relevant health information with their clinicians, a study published in JAMA Network Open found."

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/patient-engagement/most-patients-don-t-disclose-relevant-information-to-clinicians-study-finds.html

Anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of patients don't share relevant health information with their clinicians, a study published in JAMA Network Open found.

“When you have sleep deprivation and are running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips or other ...
12/28/2018
Lack of sleep increases desire for junk food, new research shows - Bizwomen

“When you have sleep deprivation and are running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips or other comfort foods,” Susan Zafarlotfi, clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, told WebMD.

https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2018/12/being-sleepy-makes-it-hard-to-resist-the-lure-of.html

People are more likely to turn to unhealthy snacks for energy after a sleepless night, new research shows. #JunkFood

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