What our students, alumni and employers are saying about our program

Current student

Mario Garcia, MS studentMario Garcia

“The flexibility of the program has allowed me to transition to distant learning and continue to match coursework with my career development. The analytic skills one develops in this curriculum provide an edge for working in the health services field. Professors are approachable and dedicated to helping students cultivate their interests. My faculty connections led to a career in clinical trial compliance and medical product and device distribution.”


MS-to-MD student

Andrew Pisansky, MS (‘14), medical student

“The MS degree contextualizes many of the critical systems issues now facing health care. It gave me the skills to understand the meaning, process and analysis of big data as well as organizational science. As a medical student these areas of interest are manifest in how I approach the practice of medicine, but also provide a venue for an academic pathway in which I plan to be involved in patient safety research, organizational process improvement and health care teams research.”

MS-to-PhD student

Jennifer Joseph, (‘12), HSRP&A PhD studentJennifer Johnson

“Entering a PhD program after the MS program felt like a natural progression. The program prepared me for a career in research and I learned what is involved in doing your own research project—putting together a committee, setting up a timeline, etc. The support received during our Master’s thesis class was useful and provided a structure to help us plan and execute our thesis.”


Nicholas Boerger, MS (‘12), health strategy analyst, Redbrick HealthNick Boerger

“It’s an exceptional feeling when you’re passionate about your work and get to enjoy going to work every day. The program was paramount to me achieving that. During my first semester, I received regular job opportunities through the degree program coordinator. Soon, I began work for a company on a part-time basis and gained pertinent professional experience invaluable to someone new to the field. By the time I graduated, I had become an integral part of my team and made a seamless transition to full-time status.”

Michael Boudreaux, MS (‘09), PhD (‘14), assistant professor of health services administration, University of Maryland, College ParkMichael Boudreaux

“The MS program gave me a head start as a PhD student. I had already taken some PhD courses as a master’s student so I had time to get a graduate minor in biostatistics in addition to taking electives in political science, applied economics, and public policy. Without the MS program, I doubt I would have had such a good start as a PhD student and my entire graduate school career would have been less productive and enjoyable.”

Erin Hulbert, MS (‘09), lead analyst, OptumInsightErin Hulbert

“I participated in the internship program and worked as a research associate for two different professors. The work experience I gained in these jobs provided two years of relevant experience to cite as I applied for a full-time position after graduation. I now work as a lead analyst and manager in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research group at Optum.”

Sherie Apungu, MS (‘11), senior marketing research analyst, Boston ScientificSherie Apungu

“The highly analytical graduate curriculum is valuable to understand and analyze data from a provider’s perspective. It gave me an advantage in the medical device industry. Defending my thesis to a panel of four experts in their respective disciplines reinforced my self-confidence and prepared me for a career in which work products undergo strict scrutiny from colleagues and experts with diverse perspectives.”

Hawre Jalal, MS (‘09), Ph.D (‘13), postdoctoral research fellow, Stanford School of MedicineHawre Jalal

“The MS program has been a pleasant experience and a critical step towards a career as a health services researcher. Not only did I learn how to think more critically, I gained the skillsets necessary to address issues scientifically and more systematically. The program is well-balanced both in depth and breadth of content on the core issues of public health, and courses are taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields and committed to solving issues.”


Margaret Ranheim, Director, and Terry Bernhardt, Clinical Analyst, Provider Analytics, PreferredOne Health Plan

“We consider the MS program to be a prime source for new analysts for our provider analytics department. We are impressed by the training that the students receive and graduates have a good grasp of research methods and practical health care analytics.”

Samuel Van Norman, MBA, CPHQ, MS (‘14), senior health economics director, Optum Collaborative Care

“As an employer and leader of a national health economics and analytics team, I believe the MS Sam VanNormanprogram provides a blend of practical, applied education coupled with a strong foundation in healthcare and theory. These are the core skills I look for when hiring team members.

“I’m also a graduate of the program. The program complemented my prior education and provided theoretical and practical applications to healthcare. Significant networking opportunities were a major factor in attaining my current role leading a health economics and analytics team.”

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