Recommended opportunities for application and practice on campus:
There are many ways Health Communication Module students can gain valuable experience for application and practice. Some possibilities include:
- working in labs with faculty and graduate students on research projects,
- designing and implementing health-related technologies for on-campus organizations,
- participating in the design, evaluation and implementation of health-related interventions for on-campus organizations,
- practical engagement seminars focused on specific applications or skills,
- volunteering at one of the hospitals or clinics associated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Recommended opportunities for projects, practicum, and internships off campus:
Health Communication Module students seeking off campus experience can seek internships in relevant industry, governmental and nonprofit organizations (e.g., Erie Family Health Center, the American Hospital Association, Midwest Business Group on Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, AbbVie, UIC Hospital and Health Sciences System, Loyola University Health System, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, etc.). Many module faculty have contacts in these organizations and can help students establish connections.
Community Building Activities
Students and faculty affiliated with the Health Communication Module will be invited to talks in existing relevant speaker series (e.g., MTS, TSB, CCH, IPHAM), which all feature a regular program of experts in many aspects of health communication. Students from the module (per faculty recommendation) may be invited to meet with speakers in group meetings or over meals.
Capstone projects will be presented at an annual poster session to be attended by module faculty and students, along with interested graduate students from TSB and MTS programs, and relevant members of the Northwestern and larger community.
A quarterly lunch meeting will be held for module students to meet with the module coordinator, advising staff, and one or two module faculty members. The purpose of these meetings will be to update students on new courses and other goings on, allow them to ask questions, and provide a forum for informal faculty interaction.
Students will be encouraged by the Module Coordinator to form a “Health Communication Student Association” to plan and host events such as panels to introduce faculty who may have capstone opportunities, discussing internship experiences/possibilities, discussing relevant courses within and outside of the module, etc.