Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I received my undergraduate degree from IUPUI as well and initially I had chosen IUPUI as it is in close proximity to where I grew up but in my undergraduate years, I developed a sense of belonging and meaningful connections at this campus. The accepting environment, supportive faculty and overall inclusive culture influenced me to pursue the dual MHA/MPH degree at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in partnership with Eskenazi Health offers a scholarship/fellowship program for dual MHA/MPH students exuding academic excellence and leadership abilities. I was selected as one of the two Eskenazi Health Scholars in 2021 and completed my hours in June 2022. It was an incredible opportunity for me and my peers to not only represent our school but further develop our skills as health care professionals and gain valuable insights on the important work that Eskenazi Health does.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Life in Indianapolis is easy and accessible. Our campus is located right downtown, surrounded by various sights and restaurants. You get a true glimpse of city life just down the street from the IUPUI campus. Downtown Indianapolis has developed substantially in the years that I have lived here, and I am excited to see everything that is to come!
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
In my time as a graduate student, I served as an Eskenazi Health Scholar, Public Policy Fellow for the Indiana Rural Health Association, Professional Development Chair on the MHA Student Association board, Research Student at the Regenstrief Institute, Project Assistant at Indiana Primary Healthcare Association and Process Improvement intern at IU Health. Aspects from each of these experiences led me to develop a passion for health equity and I now hold the position of Health Equity Project Manager at IU Health.