I’m the Primary Care Network Manager with the Canadian Forces Health Services group based in Edmonton – overseeing four primary care clinics serving a unique population of approximately 6,000 military members in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
I chose the UBC MHA program because of the courses in health system leadership, change management and health economics and policy. Practically, I also preferred the MHA because I could keep working while completing the degree. I found that the content taught during the program was applicable to my work and vice versa and I was learning with instructors who brought a wealth of experience and credibility to the classroom.
Immediately upon graduating from the program, an excellent opportunity came up for me to lead a large inter-provincial/territorial Primary Care Network. In this role, I immediately set to work applying the knowledge I learned from the program such as the courses in Quality Improvement, Operations and Logistics and Organizational Behaviour. The MHA set me up for success in this expanded role which I’m fortunate to still hold today, and I am thankful to the faculty and staff who facilitated my career progression and continue to remain supportive years after graduating.