Why Students choose the School of Public Health

Justin Kim

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Program:

Master of Health Administration

Origins:

Austin, Texas

Undergraduate:

Kinesiology

Professional Interests:

Hospital operations and quality improvement

Involvement: 

Vice President of Medical Group Management Association; Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Association of Future Healthcare Leaders: Healthcare Finance Association

 

“My professors work tirelessly not only to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, but also to help you learn practical skills to be successful in your career”

 

When I started my undergraduate studies, my goal was to work in a clinical setting as a doctor. After shadowing several positions in the Texas Medical Center and taking some relevant coursework, I found my career goals and interests aligning more closely with an administrative role and the broader scope that it entails. I observed doctors and nurses doing everything they could for their patients, but the sheer volume of rules and regulations made it hard for health care to be the compassionate work I knew it to be.

I started looking into a Master in Health Administration (MHA) degree where I would learn how to tackle health care reform. In researching where to attend school, the stellar reputation of the MHA program at the Texas A&M School of Public Health was unmatched. After my initial interview, I could see that the program, professors, and mentors were there to support me and my career goals. 

Thanks to the Aggie network, a fellow master’s degree candidate connected me with an executive who helped me secure an internship at CHI St. Luke’s in the Woodlands, Texas. My professors have worked tirelessly not only to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, but also to help you learn practical skills to be successful in your career. Many people ask me if I feel prepared, and it is nice to be able to confidently say that I am.