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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medill looking for in applicants for the Health, Environment and Science specialization?

Do you geek out about science? Have you embraced green living? Did you consider a career in medicine? If so, the Health, Environment and Science specialization is perfect for you.

What if I have no background in science?

Regardless of whether your undergraduate degree is in the sciences or how many science-based electives you took, your opportunity to succeed in this specialization is more closely aligned with your desire and ability to find answers to scientific questions that result in quality journalism. Tomorrow’s journalists need solid reporting and writing skills and an innate interest in the myriad topics related to health, environment and science news to thrive in traditional and evolving media organizations.

What career opportunities will be available when I graduate?

No longer is scientific writing limited to technical publications or niche media outlets. Growing digital native sites and top-tier traditional outlets know that solid reporting on health, environment and science draws in the affluent, educated readers that advertisers crave. Medill’s strong, supportive network will open opportunities in the competitive job market. We have a long history of placing alumni in career paths both inside and outside traditional journalism seeking qualified, science-savvy communicators.