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Health Communication Alumni

Here are a few of our recent alumni and information on what they have been working on since graduating from the Health Communication graduate program. Their experiences after college go to show the wide range of work to which study in health communication can lead.

Veronica Appleton

Veronica is the senior program coordinator for Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. In her role, she oversees and ensures day-to-day operations are efficient for project management of 20+ creative, digital and content projects. She also works with several executive level administrators to develop marketing support for diversity week at Kellogg, collateral for Executive Education programs and project plans for sharing alumni stories that enable growth in markets and communities. Veronica is also an adjunct professor of social media at DePaul University College of Communication. She was the first student in the Health Communication program to complete and defend a thesis, and has been working diligently to publish her work in renowned academic healthcare journals. Since receiving her graduate degree, Veronica has given talks at Columbia College Chicago, advocated the inclusion of diverse professionals in the marketing and advertising industry as the partnership manager for MAFA Chicago, and volunteers as content editor for The Red Pump Project, an organization developed to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

Sarah Dowdy

A 2014 graduate of DePaul’s Health Communication master’s program, Sarah now works as a content developer for Reilly Connect, a digital communication and marketing agency located on the Magnificent Mile. Since starting with Reilly Connect last spring, Sarah has been able to craft digital content for a wide range of clients, including The Newberry Library and Northern Illinois University, though most of her work has been devoted to social media development and community management for AmLactin, a therapeutic lotion brand. Sarah credits her professors at DePaul for opening her eyes to the many ways in which good communicators are needed in the health care field, as well as for helping her land a job she loves prior to graduation. Though no longer a student, Sarah has stayed in touch with her professors and has had the pleasure of working with some of them on a professional level — a trend she hopes will continue.

Yvette Rattray

Yvette is a communications and media relations specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Her focus in internal communications and media relations extends to areas like creative production services, marketing, social media management, research, crisis communications and more. Yvette enjoys dabbling in a bit of everything, but the storyteller in her mostly loves working with patients. Despite the multiple people involved in a project and the fast-paced and unpredictable nature of the world of health communications, Yvette continually remembers that the patient – the whole patient — always comes first, another value stressed in DePaul’s Health Communication master’s program. Patients’ medical experiences, level of comfort and confidence with their condition, cultural views, as well having an understanding of complicated treatments and conditions, play a key role in the approach to a lot of the public affairs and marketing projects that Yvette is a part of creating.​