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Ann Glynn, Edelman (312) 240-2650

EDELMAN ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH DEPAUL UNIVERSITY First-of-its-kind partnership to enhance health communication experience for graduate students CHICAGO, November 11, 2011– Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm, has announced its first-of-its-kind collaboration with DePaul University’s College of Communication to launch a robust traineeship and healthcare communication course in winter quarter 2012 for the university’s health communication graduate track students. Edelman worked closely with DePaul to identify highly qualified staff members to teach a new course designed specifically for DePaul’s newly created master of arts in health communication program. “We are thrilled to join forces with DePaul University to foster an enhanced understanding of strategic health communications,” said Gina Hayes, general manager, Health at Edelman. “Our two organizations share a deep commitment to forging innovation and developing top-notch communication leaders. The university’s new health communication graduate track is a fantastic opportunity for Edelman to share its rich and relevant expertise and meet students who will become the skilled health communication practitioners of tomorrow.” Students participating in the traineeship will receive course credit following completion of a capstone project centered on timely issues and trends in healthcare. Graduates of the new program will be able to understand the links between effective communication and high-quality health care. They’ll learn the skills needed to design and deliver health communication campaigns and to implement and evaluate heath service delivery programs for patients and their families. “Our collaboration with Edelman offers students in our new master of arts in health communication program an amazing combination of experiences that embrace the best of what the academic and professional worlds have to offer,” said Jackie Taylor, dean of the College of Communication. “DePaul’s reputation in the public relations industry and Chicago location have made it possible to build a relationship like this one with Edelman. We see this as a major advantage for our students.” DePaul students interested in the program must demonstrate a strong writing ability, good organizational skills, excellent verbal communication skills, and the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments, and deadlines. Trainees should have a strong desire to learn and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment. DePaul students can apply for the traineeship by contacting Graciela Kenig, director of internships at the College of Communication, at ### About Edelman Edelman is the world’s largest independent public relations firm, with wholly owned offices in 60 cities and 4,000 employees worldwide. Edelman was named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade and one of its “2010 A-List Agencies” and “2010 Best Places to Work;” PRWeek’s “2011 Large PR Agency of the Year” and “2011 Large UK Consultancy of the Year;“ European Excellence Awards’ “2010 Agency of the Year;” Holmes Report’s “Agency of the Decade” and “2009 Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year;” and among Glassdoor’s top five “2011 Best Places to Work.” Edelman owns specialty firms Blue (advertising), StrategyOne (research), Ruth

(integrated marketing), DJE Science (medical education/publishing and science communications), and MATTER (sports, sponsorship, and entertainment). Visit for more information. About the College of Communication DePaul’s College of Communication is the second-largest provider of master’s degrees in communication in Illinois. Graduate programs include journalism; media and cinema studies; public relations and advertising; organizational and multicultural communication; relational communication; and health communication. The college offers undergraduate programs in journalism; media and cinema studies; public relations and advertising; communication studies; organizational communication; relational communication; intercultural communication; and communication and media. The college’s diverse full- and part-time faculty bring a wealth of academic and real world experience to the classroom. Visit for more information. About DePaul With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, non-profit university in the Midwest. The university offers approximately 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on three Chicago campuses and three suburban campuses. Founded in 1898, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds.