Introduction

ryan-millerHello All.

My name is Ryan Miller and a current first year Health Management and Policy (HMP) student going for my MHSA. I’ll be blogging throughout the year on a variety of topics including what classes are like, the internship hunt, the admissions process, and other goings on in Ann Arbor.

So, a quick introduction. I just graduated this spring from Colgate University with a degree in Molecular Biology. This past summer I worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in their health care quality department and am currently working as a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Health System doing similar work.

Today actually marks my first month in Ann Arbor and it’s been a whirlwind so I’ll give a few highlights. The Orientation and our practice plunge was an amazing way to start my two years here. Dean Philbert began orientation with a rousing speech that highlighted the current challenges facing health and healthcare in the U.S. and throughout world, and what we all have the potential to accomplish. The following day consisted of our practice plunge where my group went and visited the Oakland County Department of Public Health and then helped a local charity put together first day school supplies for children in need. The work that these organizations do was inspiring and was a great way to illustrate how health goes beyond healthcare. We finished up orientation with our own department meeting’s in which we met our classmates, professors, and administrators. All I can say about them is WOW! Never have I met a group of such impressive people.

As a first year our classes include The Health Services Systems, Health Policy, Healthcare Financial Accounting, Biostatistics, The Economics of Healthcare Management, and Professional Development. Look forward to a blog post in the future about each of these classes.

In addition to being an SPH blogger, I am also a HMP class representative and will be involved in the admissions process, so expect some posts about how to apply and what to expect during HMP interview days. ¬†Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you prospective students considering coming to Ann Arbor!

So look out for future posts on the above topics!

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