Health Services Management Student Profile
Name: Sarah Meochnig
Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
How and why did you choose your major?
I wanted to do something in the medical field but I knew becoming a clinician was not for me. When I heard of HSM it seemed like a great program that my skills aligned with as well as I could make a difference.
Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.
The HSM program has been great because you learn about business and healthcare. What is challenging is that they are both large fields. Specifically healthcare is constantly evolving. However, this has been a great experience for me to become more flexible and adaptable in this field.
Some of my favorite classes in the program are Health Care Delivery Systems and Health Care Administration and Management. Another great part about this program are the professors. They are all very established in their careers and have a lot of knowledge about the field.
What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)
After my sophomore year I interned within Enterprise Operations at UnitedHealth Group. At UHG I got exposure to different projects and departments. My junior year I got the opportunity to intern at The Arc Greater Twin Cities, an organization for individuals with development and intellectual disabilities. After my junior year I interned with Universal Hospital Services on their Marketing team. All of my internships were amazing experiences where I got to apply what I am learning in my academic studies to real world situations.
In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?
When you are looking at the HSM program stay open minded their are so many different career paths you can take with it. Also, try to get work experience in healthcare. It is a fun fast-paced setting where you can see your direct impact.