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Otterbein health communication students learn directly from Ohio health professionals

Otterbein health communication students learn directly from Ohio health professionals


By Dan Steinberg

Health communication students are partnering with OhioHealth marketing and communication professionals to bring outside knowledge and proficiency into the classroom.

A special four-session class, within the health communication introductory course COMM 2700, is taught mostly at OhioHealth’s Westerville campus. President Kathy Krendl and OhioHealth Senior Vice President and Chief Communication Officer Sue Jablonski kicked-off the class in October.

“It was really cool to hear about media relations and other communication aspects from people that do it every day,” said Addie Nossaman ‘18. “Even though I’m an OhioHealth intern it is still interesting to hear about other associates’ jobs.”

Currently four health communication majors hold paid internships with the OhioHealth marketing and communication department. Their year-long internship exposes them to the skills and expertise needed to secure a job in the field.

In addition, two communication students recently interned with Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s communication department.

Several recent health communication and public relations grads have been hired by OhioHealth and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to perform media relations and other communication functions after completing internships as students.

Katelyn Hanzel ’15 works as a senior media relations specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after completing an internship in media relations with Nationwide Children’s during her senior year.

“I feel like the health communication major was really a good supplement to my public relations coursework and the foundation I built at Nationwide.”