• What made you decide to come to Wagner?

    When I decided to go back to school, the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act had just been signed in Washington and I was a full-time healthcare professional at a large insurance company with a degree in business administration. I was looking for a program that would compliment my strengths in finance yet improve my understanding of health policy. Wagner’s program does both.

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    Errol Pierre

    Health Policy and Management – Financial Management Specialization

  • What made you decide to come to Wagner?

    I came to Wagner because I wanted to leverage my Public Health background and enhance my business acumen. When I was researching various programs I looked at business, public health and other public administration programs. I selected Wagner because I believe that health care should focus on serving a person as opposed to business interests. Additionally, it is my belief that the health care business does not need to be managed, but rather provide a service that must be improved.

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    Zakiya Devine

    Health Policy and Management – Financial Management Specialization

  • What made you decide to come to Wagner?

    I looked at other schools, mostly in DC where I was living at the time. I ultimately decided on Wagner because New York offered so many possibilities to intern with top international development agencies and NGOs. I also thought the Capstone program seemed very exciting – I looked at the projects and clients from previous years and it seemed like a great way to get real world experience working for an international health organization, and possibly having the opportunity to do field research.

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    Nora Anderson

    Health Policy and Management – International Specialization

  • What made you decide to come to Wagner?

    I chose Wagner first because of its location (and thus, its proximity to some of the top hospitals in the country) and secondly because it's unique in offering a healthcare administration degree in the school of public service rather than a school of public health. I did my undergraduate degree in public health and wanted to acquire more knowledge on the financials and economics behind the healthcare delivery system.

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    Elaine Purcell

    Health Policy and Management – Management Specialization

  • What made you decide to come to Wagner?

    I devoted a lot of time to researching various MHA, MPA, MBA and other programs focused on healthcare management. I planned on a leaving a good paying job and moving out-of-state to attend one of these potential programs so I wanted to make sure I find the program that is right for me. I first narrowed my search by looking at only CAHME accredited programs. The schools I finally decided to apply to all had great reputations but Wagner stood out with some very distinct differences.

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    Michael Iskandaryan

    Health Policy and Management – Financial Management Specialization