Master of Health Evaluation: Inspiring change for an improved health care system
In her previous role as Recreation Therapist, Erika was able to identify some of the challenges between public healthcare facilities and community health programs and the people they are serving. After discovering the MHE program, she knew that pursuing this degree would help her address intersectoral gaps in the health care system and go beyond direct patient care. Her favourite course in the program; Systems Thinking and Health Program Analysis, a blended course taught by Professor Craig Janes, encouraged her to start thinking about how health systems around the world can inspire new ideas for change closer to home. Erika loved the engaging conversations she had with peers and enjoyed the case studies that applied their learning to the real world.
“It was the best course I’ve ever taken in my entire university education; it has inspired me to consider international career options that I wouldn't have considered before”
Although Erika is only at the beginning of her new career path, she is looking forward to a career that can make positive and lasting changes for the Canadian population. Interacting with her professors has sparked a determination to conduct evaluation across sectors in order to truly make a difference in patients’ lives. The MHE program has taught her that combining creative interventions with stakeholder engagement is the perfect recipe for excellent evaluation, and Erika aspires to use her knowledge to build stronger connections between patient needs and health care delivery.