It's never a good sign when you start urinating blood.
It was 2010, Sara Lewis was 12, and she assumed she had started her period. But what she initially thought was menstrual blood turned out to be something ominous - a sign that her kidneys were failing.
At first, the doctors weren't sure why the seventh-grader's kidney function was half what it should have been. Eventually, specialists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta diagnosed her with a rare disease that occurs when a person's immune system destroys blood vessels supplying major organs.
Why HMJ at UGA Matters and What it Takes
The best health and medical journalism can change policy and help people choose wisely — at the doctor's office, in the grocery store and in the voting booth.
Graduate students in Grady's MA program generate high-impact stories for print, television, web and wireless, while gaining expertise in disciplines from public health to environmental science.
Inquisitive, tough-minded idealists with bachelor's or higher degrees in science, liberal arts or journalism are invited to apply.
Empowering Communities through Health and Medical Journalism
Students learn to cover health and medicine for any market or audience in this professional masters program endowed by the Knight Foundation. A rigorous academic program, hands-on experience, and flexible electives prepare students to understand health issues during changing times.
HMJ Graduate Students:
Develop the skills and skepticism needed to cover health and medicine anywhere in the world, for any audience, in any medium.
Learn that every story is really about people, whether it involves a rural clinic or a neuroscience lab.