Colleen Bernard is a senior Health Management and Policy (HMP) major who is extremely active within the program.
Although she came to UNH as an undeclared student in the College of Liberal Arts, she eventually found her home in the HMP program.
“I looked at the courses and the faculty and thought that it was really for me because I didn’t want to get into anything clinical, but I still wanted to be involved in health care from more of a social justice and health policy perspective, so that is what really drew me to the program.”
The major is different from many others in the College of Health and Human Services as it places more of an emphasis on the industry and business side of health care than on the clinical side.
“Health Management and Policy is a really great combination of the management side of things so you understand the industry side, the business / managerial side, and the policy perspective. We take a US Health Care systems course, we take a health policy course and you really get a fusion of both of those components of the industry.”
Part of her love for the program has come from the close relationships that Bernard has built with various faculty members in the department.
“All of the faculty members in the program are really great. They are all rooting for you and willing to give you individual attention. I could list all of them because they have all done really great things for me and all of the students in the program.”
In addition to classroom learning, Bernard also has gained industry experience through an internship.
“I intern with the Institute for Health Policy and Practice, which is an applied health care research institute. I have been interning there since the beginning of my junior year. I help on the various projects that they do, like health analytics, long-term care, and health reform. A few of the other interns and I do pieces of all of it and it has been really cool.”
Bernard is also an active member in SOHL (Student Organization for Health Leaders), which is an HMP organization that works on career development and speaker panels to encourage students to get more involved with the major.
In addition to this, Bernard is also one of the chapter leaders for Project Sunshine.
“Project Sunshine is a national non-profit group and we do craft and educational activities for children in pediatric units in hospitals. This year, I am a trip leader for that and I am trying to work with the children’s hospital at Dartmouth.”
Bernard also has some advice for anyone that is thinking about the program.
“For most people, they don’t know the details of the HMP program, so I would just recommend taking a few of the pre-requisite classes to see what really works for you. With this degree there are so many career opportunities available after graduation.”
Patrick Harvey, ‘18