Gregory Kirkwood: MHA 2011
What brought you to the UW MHA Program?
Reputation, curriculum, and location were all factors that brought me to the UW MHA Program. The Program has a great reputation, and provides a well-rounded and all-encompassing curriculum while focusing on leadership development.
What was your undergraduate major?
My undergraduate degree is a BS in Systems Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy.
What work experience did you have before coming to the UW MHA Program?
Prior to entering the Program, I was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base for three years as a Medical Services Corps Officer (health care administrator). My roles while at Fairchild encompassed budgeting, manpower, and group practice management of the on-base outpatient clinic.
What do you feel are the strengths of the UW MHA Program?
For me, one of the biggest strengths of the Program is the experience, knowledge, and quality of professors. They are a great resource, as they have years of experience from working in the health care industry and in the classroom.
In addition to the professors, the Program's connection to Seattle's health care-rich environment has been very valuable. The connection allows students to take what is learned in the classroom and, through various course projects, apply it to real world problems and situations.
Are there any outstanding or unique experiences that you would like to share regarding the UW MHA Program?
One part of the Program that has been a great experience for me has been the numerous guest speakers brought into the classroom. Each guest speaker has a unique background and experience, from which I have been able to learn and develop my understanding of the current health care industry.
What goals do you plan to pursue for your career in health care management?
After completion of the Program, I will continue my active duty military service as an Air Force Medical Service Corps officer at a location still to be determined. After completion of my military service, I am interested in pursuing a career in rural health care or with the Department of Veterans Administration system.