First Four Graduates of HSM Program
The HSM Program’s First Graduates
December will mark the graduation of the Health Services Management (HSM) program’s first four graduates. Since enrollment for the HSM major kicked off in the fall of 2015, the program has seen tremendous growth and is already congratulating the first students on completing their degrees.
“Our first four graduates seized available opportunities to begin and complete this new HSM major in a short amount of time,” says Jane Delehanty, HSM Academic Adviser. “They’re leaving the University prepared to improve health and well-being in our community. I’m excited to see the variety of ways they’ll apply what they’ve learned. They’re ready!”
Jane Danielle Bro
CCE: What attracted you to the HSM major?
JDB: It’s a very unique major, to say the least. I loved the flexibility within the program, and the real-life experience and professional connections students get to make as well. It’s a growing major with brand new courses. There were no under-utilized technologies or outdated information that we were learning. The professors were exciting, and they knew their material inside and out because they themselves deal with the health care industry every day at their full-time jobs.
CCE: What is it about the health care management field that excites you?
JDB: This degree offered something that was important to me—comprehension of health care. For some odd reason, throughout all my years of schooling, nobody has ever helped me to understand what it means to have health insurance, how health care works, the complexity of it all, the politics involved, the moral struggles... the list goes on. I have the answers to those questions now, and I’m excited to take that education out into the world as a health services management professional.
Jane Danielle Bro is a recipient of the Rosslyn S. Kleeman Scholarship.
CCE: Tell us about what drew you to the HMS major.
BM: I pursued this degree because health care is an industry that continues to grow and is always changing. I also joined the HSM program because I wanted to be a part of something that benefits others, as I have a strong passion for health care.
Specifically within the HSM program, I appreciated the real-world applications that were available through the adjunct instructors who taught the courses. Getting examples from our instructors that were rooted in reality was helpful in visualizing what the future might hold for us. I got a lot of hands-on education, too, especially through my internship with RespirTech, a company that deals with high frequency chest compression devices for patients with cystic fibrosis. There, I was in charge of a contract administration data management project.
CCE: What advice can you offer to future HSM students?
BM: I’d like to pursue a graduate program as well as work in a hospital setting.
CCE: How did you find out about the HSM major and what made you want to enroll?
I found the HSM program at the end of my sophomore year when I was close to the deadline for needing to declare a major! It was exactly what I had been looking for. There are so many different avenues to follow from here, now that I’ve graduated. Health care is constantly evolving, so it’s an exciting field to be going into. I also appreciate all the real-world perspectives that the courses offered. The information is all applicable in the industry.
CCE: The HSM program requires an internship in order to graduate. Tell us a bit about your internship experience.
MM: My internship was in the pharmacy benefits management realm. The experience was very eye-opening to the insurance industry, and I learned skills that will be transferrable to any health care sector.
CCE: Any additional comments about the HSM program?
MM: I love this major, and I’m happy that I stumbled upon it at the right time. I think this program will be so valuable to the University as well as health care organizations in general.
CCE: What excites you about the HSM program and what drew you to this degree?
AS: I’m pursuing a career in Health Services Management because I am attracted to the health care industry, but I’m not interested in providing direct care. I enjoy working with others and want to leave work each day feeling like I made a difference in someone’s life. It’s rewarding to help others in a health care capacity, as health and wellness is an area I am passionate about.
My experience in the HSM program has been sensational. By my sophomore year, I had bounced from major to major and did not feel like I had a firm grasp on what career path I wanted to pursue. Just as I was about to transfer schools, I heard about the HSM major coming to the U in the fall of 2015. I was ecstatic!
CCE: What advice would you offer to anyone considering the HSM program?
AS: Take the time to get to know your classmates and professors within the major because they are great resources for advice and helpful connections to have in your future professional career. Also, get involved in the health care industry as soon as you can to determine which area you would like to focus your career on and gain experience. Whether it’s volunteering at the University hospital, a local nursing home, or in various other capacities, it will benefit your future career in the health care industry.
Learn more about the Health Services Management program.