Zakiya Devine

- 2013

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.

Have you had any internships while at Wagner?

Yes, I interned during the summer at New York Presbyterian Hospital in the International Services Department.

Are you currently employed?

New York Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #6 in US News and World Report and is the hospital of Cornell and Columbia Universities. I work with the business development and operations team of the International Services Department. I am specifically engaged in work focused on collaboration between the hospital and physician organizations to quantify the total number of international patients receiving care at NYP. I also support our various reporting efforts which include financial and demographic analysis.

How have you been able to balance work and school?

Project management and time management are skills I honed through prior work experience where I balanced multiple projects, so balancing many efforts and tasks simultaneously is second-nature. It’s definitely proven to be difficult to find time that isn’t dedicated to work or school

What has been your favorite class at Wagner?

Ethics of Health Care Management and Realities of Faculty Practice. Both classes really afforded me an opportunity to carry out the practical application of theory and truly exposed me to new areas in health care. Both professors were knowledgeable and are great academicians who provided real insight from their work experiences which proved invaluable.

What impact has your Wagner education have on your career path to date?

My Wagner education has permitted me opportunities to transition into health administration. It’s clear that graduate school experience has allowed me access to positions that would not have otherwise been available.

What are your future career goals?

Upon graduation I will be moving into an administrative fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s West Los Angeles Medical Center. That position will give me the breadth and depth of experience within a health care delivery system that I’ve been seeking to help me determine my future career path.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in the East Village. For fun I explore the city everything from my new neighborhood to the Central Park and the Cloisters. I also love working out and it’s a great way to de-stress.

Do you have any thoughts/advice for prospective students interested in coming to Wagner?

The health policy and management program presents the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for a career in health care, but in addition to the class room work, one should connect with faculty, current students and alumni because those relationships and connections are also an integral part of the Wagner experience.