Pathways for the MPH in Policy

MPH in Policy Career Pathways

Several alumni of the University of Iowa College of Public Health currently work in the field of health policy at different organizations across the country, and many of them will help our graduates embark on their careers. Graduates of the MPH in Policy program have many employment options, including positions at governmental health agencies such as the CDC or the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or state and local health departments. They might also work in academic settings, such as university health sciences centers or hospitals, or in the private sector, such as pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations and other health finance organizations.


“With the continued expansion of the health care system and the perennially evolving challenges of ensuring access to high-quality, cost-effective health services, the need for individuals with rigorous training in health policy analysis will continue to increase into the foreseeable future.” Sue Curry, Ph.D, Dean, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa


 “I see increasing opportunities for such graduates in not-for-profit health systems, research organizations, and government. Further, students in this program will be well-positioned to be competitive for doctoral programs in health policy and health services research.” Andrew F. Coburn, Ph.D Professor (Research) and Director, Population Health and Health Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine



Name Degree Job Title Placement Location
Bryant Conkling, ’14 MPH Medicare Policy Analyst Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Jessica Larson, ’14 MPH, MHA Senior Project Manager, Governance Relations Providence Health & Services, Renton, WA
Justin Dedecker, ’13 MHA, MPH Health Systems Specialist VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI
Kelli Todd, ’12 MPH Program Manager Iowa Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Des Moines, IA
Alexis Kolpakas, ’10 MHA, MPH Project Manager, Administration Resources Geisinger Health System, Scranton, PA
Alex Leaven, ’10 MPH Associate Analyst Thompson Rueters, Ann Arbor, MI
Kathryn Reynders, ’09 MPH Solution Architect Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO
Allison Ludwig, ’08 MHA, MPH Public Health/Health Care Lead The MITRE Corporation, Baltimore, MD
Taylor Heim, ’07 MPH Data Scientist US Department of Defense Inspector General, Washington, DC
Bobbi Bentz, ’04 MHA, MPH Network Engagement Business Partner Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Des Moines, IA
Zak Henshaw, ’00 MPH, MHA Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Tampa, FL