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Do you have questions about what it’s like being a student in the MHA, MPH in Policy, or MS in Health Policy program? These current HMP students will be happy to help.

Please visit our Meet Our PhD Students page if you are interested in our PhD in Health Services and Policy.

A portrait of Jay Shah of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Name:  Jay Shah
Graduation Year: 2020
Degrees:  MHA
Email: jay-shah@uiowa.edu

Hometown:  South Elgin, Illinois
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago

What interested you in health care: When I was in middle school, my late grandpa became paralyzed. Being a caregiver for him, I quickly realized my passion for serving and being a positive impact on someone’s life. At that time, I realized that my ability to improve my grandpa’s quality of life gave me an intrinsic motivation. Since that time, my personal mission has been to serve and be a positive difference in people by improving their life.

Favorite grad school moment thus far:Has to be the team bonding activities and kickball game during the orientation week as that is when you have an opportunity to meet and bond with your classmates. Participating in the University of Kansas Case Competition was also a great experience.

Hobbies: I like to play cricket and tennis, travelling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Advice for potential applicants: Entering a graduate program will be a big change for many of the students. During this time, it is important to give yourself some time to adjust and take things as they come along. Things will definitely get better with time. Always reach out to current MHA students with any questions and/or concerns. They have recently gone through the phases that you will be going through.

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A portrait of Nicole Vershaw of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Name:  Nicole Vershaw
Graduation Year: 2020
Degrees:  MHA
Email: nicole-vershaw@uiowa.edu

Hometown:  Long Grove, Iowa
Undergraduate: Bachelors of Business Administration, Major: Finance

What interested you in health care: Being able to align my business interests with my passion for helping improve the lives of others.

Favorite grad school moment thus far: Being awarded a finalist at the University of Kansas case competition after the extensive amounts of time we put into preparing for it.

Hobbies: Anything that involves being outside. Trying new restaurants and new foods. Spending time with my friends and family.

Advice for potential applicants: Know your “why”, specifically why you decided to pursue a career in health administration. The program isn’t always easy so when you can remember what you’re doing it for then it makes the struggle not as bad.

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A portrait of Lauren Bline of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Name:  Lauren Bline
Graduation Year: 2020
Degrees: MHA
Email: lauren-bline@uiowa.edu

Hometown:  Roanoke, Illinois
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Major in Community Health; Concentration on Health Planning and Administration; Minor in Business

What interested you in health care:I love the intersection of healthcare and business and the change management that comes in this industry. I’m excited to encourage, enable, and empower health providers to form a partnership with administration and practice at the top of their license.

Favorite grad school moment thus far:ACHE Congress is my favorite moment so far – I learned so much, met so many people, and had so much fun!

Hobbies: I love to drink coffee, workout, travel, and spend time with my family and friends!

Advice for potential applicants:I encourage potential applicants to reach out to current students. We are more than happy to speak with you, and it is helpful to get different vantage points from people who have been in your shoes!

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A portrait of Dexter Golinghorst of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Name: Dexter Golinghorst
Graduation Year: 2020
Degrees: JD/MHA
Email: dexter-golinghorst@uiowa.edu

Hometown: Maysville, Iowa
Undergraduate: Political Science and Economics, University of Iowa

What interested you in health care: Health care is one of the most dynamic industries that touches everyone in our society, so it is exciting to be involved in the changes and shifts occurring all of the time. Health care also makes up a significant portion of the U.S. economy and impacts choices across industries.

Favorite grad school moment thus far:I enjoy serving as the president of the University of Iowa graduate and professional student body.

Hobbies:Watching Hawkeye sports of all kinds, reading, spending time outdoors.

Advice for potential applicants:Make sure you portray yourself as a person, and not just a formulaic checklist. The program wants to see what your interests are, how you came to applying to Iowa, and why you want to be in healthcare. Being inauthentic or insincere will be obvious and detectable.

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A portrait of Jayden Snyder of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Name: Jayden Snyder
Graduation Year: 2020
Degrees: MHA
Email: jayden-snyder@uiowa.edu

Hometown: Morgan, Utah
Undergraduate: Health Society and Policy from the University of Utah

What interested you in health care:I have a passion for people and a passion for business. These aligned me with healthcare where I can use my business skills and make an impact in the community.

Favorite grad school moment thus far:Having a baby.

Hobbies:Family, sports, being outdoors, physical activity, exercise.

Advice for potential applicants:Follow the best opportunities and make it your passion.

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Questions or comments? Contact Archibald, Gwendolyn. This page was last reviewed on September 18, 2019.