Health Communication Career Guide

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Past Internship Sites:

  • Pinnacle
  • Mary Free Bed
  • Sophia’s House
  • Muskegon Family Care
  • Eaton Rapids Medical Center
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • Metro Health Marketing Department
  • Stryker
  • Munson Medical

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Medical Device Sales Representative – Zimmer Biomet
  • Financial Aid Officer – Ferris State University
  • Recruiter – True Health New Mexico
  • Purchasing Agent – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Copywriter – Innereactive
  • Senior Program Administrator – Mercy Health
  • Special Projects Coordinator– St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
  • Account Manager – Smart ID Works
  • Campaign Assistant – Greater Ottawa County United Way
  • Project Manager – bswift
  • Nutrition in Action Educator – YMCA
  • Client Support Specialist – Alliant Healthcare Products
  • Real Time Analyst – Booking.com
  • Development Coordinator – Bluebird Cancer Retreats
  • Assistant Director of Greek Life and Student Organizations – Albion College
  • Business Development Coordinator – Newago County Health Department
  • Senior Account Manager – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Digital Marketing Specialist – Merrell
  • Patient Services Representative – Spectrum
  • Data Analyst – Trinity Health

Spotlights

Brandon Erhart '13 & '20 Spotlight

Brandon Erhart '13 & '20

There are too many to count. Some of my favorite memories are of how the campus community came together. The GVSU Lip-Dub video, the "Wrecking Ball" era and the Snowpocalypse of 2011 are some of my favorites.

Justin Ruehs '00 Spotlight

Justin Ruehs '00

As a transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College and a commuter, I was so proud to have been elected to lead as the President of GVSU's chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • National Communication Association
  • Camp Kesem
  • ChemoCare
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Gifts of Life
  • Miracle Network Dance Marathon at Grand Valley
  • Stars for Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Students for Special Olympics Advocacy

Study Abroad Programs

Borders are virtually meaningless in this early 21st century global economy. As a future graduate with a Health Communications major or minor degree, you will be confronting global issues and will work in internationally-operated companies. "Wake up and face the earth!" T. Friedman advised us in his bestseller ‘The World is Flat’.


Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Assessment of complicated systems from multiple perspective
  • Medical terminology
  • Communications skills related to advertising, publication relations, and journalism
  • Advocacy
  • Deep sense of social justice issues and societal barriers within the Health Care system
  • Research and marketing skills
  • Community-based programming
  • Management of people, projects, and places

Graduate & Professional Programs


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