The Master of Health Administration program at West Virginia University has allowed me to build a new career path based on my personal passions — service to the community and helping others.
What does public health mean to you?
Public health promotes and protects people's health in the communities where they live, work, learn and play. To me, public health practice is a means of incorporating service to the community, the provision of high-quality care and medications to those in need and the promotion of an equitable culture to create the healthiest communities possible.
Why did you choose to study public health at WVU?
I spent five and a half years as a Quality Control Chemist at the Mylan Pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Morgantown, W.Va., and used the plant closure as a springboard to chart a new course for myself. I knew I wanted to find a path that would allow me to use my passion for science while helping those in need and empowering communities. I was also keenly aware that direct clinical care was not my field. The online Master of Health Administration program at West Virginia University has allowed me to build a new career path based on my personal passions—service to the community and helping others.
What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health?
The WVU School of Public Health is genuinely interested in seeing its students succeed and accomplish their goals. There are a lot of initiatives to promote a healthy balance in life, good communication between the students and the school, and a lot of options for expanding your knowledge and experience outside the classroom through student groups, field experiences and career-based events.
What advice would you give to your freshman self?
I would want to tell myself to not be so afraid of opening up and letting others get to know me.
How have your experiences in the School of Public Health helped prepare you for your future?
My participation in the Master of Health Administration program has built solid administrative foundations and provided hands-on learning experiences and leadership development opportunities. The MHA program accentuates strengths, identifies areas for improvement, promotes growth and innovation mindsets and cultivates sustained dedication to public health and health administration. I know that the qualities I have gained from this program will give me an advantage in a health administration setting.
What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree?
I plan to continue working as a 340B Audit & Compliance Analyst at WVU Medicine while growing my health administration and leadership skills.
You indicated being a first-generation college student. Tell us about your first-generation experience.
West Virginia University recognizes the efforts of first-generation students a lot. That was new to me. It is special to be recognized as someone creating a unique path that could have generational impacts. WVU cares about the struggles that first-generation students can encounter and is committed to assisting in any way they can.
What activities are you involved in?
I have had the wonderful opportunity to grow my leadership skills as the Vice-President of the Health Administration Student Association (HASA). Never in a million years did I think I would have the courage to volunteer for such a position. It is a testament to the growth a person can go through in the MHA program.
What is your favorite book?
The “Outlander” series.
What is your favorite movie?
"The Family Stone."
What is your favorite music genre?
90s & early 2000s hard rock
What is your favorite place you’ve visited?
Florida Everglades and Keys - so much environmental diversity, things to see and fun things to do!
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Mario's Fishbowl for wings!
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not doing schoolwork?
Spend time with my husband, kids and dog.