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The MSJ Health, Environment and Science curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge in reporting on topics related to health, the environment and science. You’ll also have an opportunity to take a few additional elective courses that match your interests and career goals.

In addition to coursework, the MSJ program offers a variety of experiences that enable you to travel to different cities and countries, gain additional skills, meet alumni and industry professionals, and plan for post-graduation.

We often add new courses and revise course content to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing journalism and media landscape. As such, our courses are subject to change.

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (summer)

Quarter 2 (fall)

Quarter 3 (winter)

  • Take Advanced Health and Sciences Reporting
  • Take a course with Medill Explores
    • Travel domestically or internationally with other students to learn about health, environment and science reporting in other geographies.
  • Take two elective courses. View sample elective courses on our MSJ curriculum page.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 4 (spring)

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)