Student Profiles

Will Chinn, Full-time MHSA Student, Second Year

1. Why did you choose Xavier's MHSA program?

First, accreditation. Anyone searching for a health administration master's degree must make sure the prospective program is accredited through the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Second, the Xavier Alumni group. Our alumni association is comprised of C-Suite executives, small business entrepreneurs and consultants all across the country. As a student, we receive high levels of exposure to these individuals who have became a part of our personal network.

2. What has been your favorite course so far and why?

My favorite course so far has been Financial Management of Health Care Organizations (HESA 559) with Mr. Ruthemeyer. In this class, small teams develop a "healthcare presence" from the ground up. It's the culmination of all the skills and knowledge learned through previous course work and internships. It was challenging to grow an idea into a business plan. It let students meet with professionals in the field as well as those who work for the field like architects and construction designers.

3. If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective student, what would it be?

Network, network, network. A wise man once said, "Its not about what you know, its about who you know." An even wiser man said, "It's not who you know - its who knows you!" Healthcare is a small world.
 

Shengyong Hu, Part-time MHSA Student, Second Year

 1. Why did you choose Xavier's MHSA program?

First of all, I was debating on choosing a MBA program or the MHSA program. With my science background and biomedical research experience, I thought [the] MHSA was a better fit and more tuned towards my career in health care. Since I was already working in a hospital, much of my learnings in the MHSA program could be readily applicable. Then I checked the Xavier program out on the web . It's one of the oldest programs of its kind, which means it has a strong alumni base in the health executives community. Then I came to an open house class. The class was very small (about 15 people) and the professor and students were very interactive. Once I decided to join the program in the fall of 2008, it only took me 3 months to take the GMAT and prepare my application while working full-time.

2. What has been your favorite course so far and why?

My interest is very broad although my original training was in science. I still like the scientific/technical side of the program like statistics and epidemiology. I also like the business side of the program like the courses in finance for healthcare organizations. That's exactly the attraction to me since " My interest is very broad". However, I've always hoped what I do can have some impact on human life. I really think all aspects of the program are fascinating. One last point, the part-time practicum, which I am about to start, will be a valuable experience in applying the knowledge from class and improving work-related skills. In the end, that might be the most memorable.

3. If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective student, what would it be?

To prospective student: I only regret that I didn't start the program a year earlier because I waited. I had been thinking about a MBA program but couldn't decide. I had been afraid to take the GMAT. So do it right now to change the prospects of your career in health care!