Program Overview

Grady College's health and medical journalism graduate program not only prepares students to engage communities by telling powerful stories about health and medical issues, but also gives them a sophisticated understanding of why some communities are healthier than others. Core courses in this two-year, non-thesis MA concentration emphasize specialized professional training, multimedia skills, and research. Area of concentration offerings forge connections between media and public health; Grady electives enable students to hone specific media skills. Students pursue individual passions and career goals by choosing three cognate courses offered by other UGA schools and colleges.

Many Grady courses require community reporting, news and feature writing and multimedia production. Students post blogs, use social network for reporting and storytelling, and work in teams to produce video documentaries. Students new to journalism learn fundamental values and skills in JRMC 7340, Graduate Newsroom, which prepares them for specialized reporting courses and Grady electives. In JRMC 7355, Health and Medical Journalism, students function as bureau reporters - each covering the health beat for one northeast Georgia county. In JRMC 7356, advanced HMJ students produce video documentaries about how a new medical school is changing the lives of area residents, local doctors and hospitals, and the university. HMJ students publish their work locally and statewide.

The graduate program offers students many opportunities to establish professional networks spanning the worlds of media and medicine. Fellowships subsidize travel to national conferences on health and science journalism, online news, and media innovations. On campus, graduate students engage with leading scientists, journalists and authors who guest lecture in HJM courses, along with global disease experts featured in the popular Voices from the Vanguard series co-sponsored by Knight Chair Patricia Thomas. Graduate students cover a national scientific meeting every year in Atlanta, and are invited to Grady professional development events for ethnic and traditional media.

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Jordan Sarver (HMJ '10) discusses the "Harvesting Health" TV news series at the Gulf South Summit for Service Learning and Engagement.