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.
98% of UW-Whitewater Communication graduates in 2018-2019 were employed in their field within one year of graduation.
Our majors are heavily engaged on campus and in the community — and they continually share their efforts on social media. Follow the CHIP (Communicating Health in Practice) student organization:
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:
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.
Corporate and Health Communication students at UW-Whitewater have no shortage of hands-on learning experiences.
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.
We encourage you to pursue an internship at a local (or farther away!) business or healthcare organization.
Learn more about communication internships
Join a faculty member in their research efforts — you might even get a chance to co-author a paper.
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
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:
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.
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:
You’ll also select additional required and elective courses from across the communication curriculum. Here are a few that might be of specific interest:
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.