College of Arts and Communication

Corporate and Health Communication

Bachelor's Degree Program

As businesses become more strategic, sophisticated and intentional in how they approach and interact with stakeholders, there’s a growing need for business-savvy communication professionals who can deliver messages — and results.

Health Communication jobs in the public and private sector are also on the rise. The healthcare field, in general, is expected to increase by 14% over the next decade. This growth, coupled with a greater focus on public health promotion in many communities, means there’s a significant need for skilled communicators with knowledge of the healthcare landscape.

Specializing in Corporate and Health Communication will allow you to stand out among applicants for these increasingly important roles.

4-YEAR PLAN

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Why study Corporate and Health Communication at UW-Whitewater?

UW-Whitewater’s communication program recognizes — and is responding to — the growing demand for the specialized skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a corporate or healthcare environment.

Our emphasis in Corporate and Health Communication is a highly engaging program, full of opportunities to interact with the campus and local community — and beyond.

UW-Whitewater is a comprehensive university with plenty of resources and opportunities — yet our program is small enough for meaningful interaction with the faculty.

Here are just a few other ways UW-Whitewater stands out:

  • Our size allows you more chances to stand out with leadership roles, faculty research assistance and other involvement.
  • You will learn how to interact interpersonally, negotiate persuasively and resolve conflicts — which are among the soft skills most desired by employers today.
  • Student involvement opportunities include campaigning for important public health issues such as smoking cessation and physical activity for older adults.
  • Our program offers considerable flexibility with course selection — and a wide range of classes — which allows you to customize your education to meet your interests and goals.
  • Choose a minor or second major to supplement your education and expand your communication career

What our Corporate and Health Communication students do

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Solve real-world communication problems as consultants to local businesses

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Educate local communities through public health campaigns

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Gain practical experience through internships and project-based classes

Campus opportunities: Agencies and organizations

Students interested in Corporate and Health Communication careers can hone important writing, speaking, strategic planning and creative skills, plus gain industry experience and make connections through several student organizations, including:

CHIP (Communicating Health in Practice) – explore professional development and career opportunities related to healthcare communication in this interactive group.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) – find valuable networking and development opportunities in the student chapter of the #1 national organization for PR professionals.

Forensics Team – enhance your public speaking skills, boost your confidence, and travel across the Midwest as a member of our competitive forensics team.

Hands-on learning opportunities

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Corporate and Health Communication students at UW-Whitewater have no shortage of hands-on learning experiences.

Project-based consulting
Many of our courses were designed with practical application in mind. You’ll have the chance to work on true-blue strategy or campaigns for businesses and healthcare organizations. 

Internships
We encourage you to pursue an internship at a local (or farther away!) business or healthcare organization.
Learn more about communication internships

Undergraduate research
Join a faculty member in their research efforts — you might even get a chance to co-author a paper.

Travel study
Gain global experience by enrolling in a study tour, which includes an on-campus class and a post-semester international trip.
Learn more about travel opportunities

What our graduates do

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President of Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association

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Marketing Specialist at Mercyhealth

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Corporate Communications Director at WPS Health Solutions

Corporate and Health Communication jobs: Career success

Our students leave with practical experience, a solid set of skills and a firm grasp of key communication concepts that will help them succeed as they enter the workforce, whether that’s in health, corporate, nonprofit or even an entrepreneurial endeavor.

  Here are just a few places our recent graduates found careers:

  • Alzheimer’s Association (Menomonee Falls)
  • American Lung Association (Brookfield)
  • Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Crisis Prevention Institute (Milwaukee)
  • Edelman (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Johnson and Johnson (Tampa, Florida)
  • Kohler Company (Kohler)
  • Land’s End (Dodgeville)
  • Landmark Credit Union (New Berlin)
  • Menards (Eau Claire)
  • Pepsi Co (Janesville)
  • Rogers Memorial Hospital (Oconomowoc)
  • SC Johnson (Racine)
  • UW Health (Madison)
  • WPS Health Solutions (Madison)

Our Corporate and Health Communication faculty

On our Corporate and Health Communication faculty you’ll find award-winning journalists, former broadcasting professionals, writers and others who bring a wide range of career and life experience.

Meet our Corporate and Health Communication faculty »

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The Communication major offers the following options for Corporate and Health Communication:

The Corporate and Health Communication major, with its focus on interactions (persuasion, leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal, etc...), gives students an edge in handling realistic situations they will encounter in their future careers. These skills are transferable to many varieties of career paths. Because of the variety of courses offered, a major of Corporate and Health Communication gives students maximum "career flexibility" with less chance of feeling locked into one particular type of job.

In addition to UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements, your emphasis in Corporate and Health Communication will require a set of core courses, including:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intro to Corporate Communication
  • Intro to Health Communication
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Communication Research Methods

You’ll also select additional required and elective courses from across the communication curriculum. Here are a few that might be of specific interest: 

  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Listening Behavior
  • Health Message Advocacy and Analysis
  • Medical Communication and Health Literacy
  • Applied Communication in Health and Wellness

To apply, you’ll need to complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your interest in the Communication major, Corporate and Health Communication emphasis.

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