Alumni Profile: Amanda Hemmer (Master of Health Administration '15)
Amanda Hemmer received her Master of Health Administration degree in 2015. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University in psychology and sociology with a minor in health medicine and human values. She is a 2015-16 Fulbright fellow and since 2017 she has been a Healthcare consultant at Navigant Healthcare.
"I chose the Master of Health Administration program because I was interested in how health systems function and wanted to understand the pain points and pitfalls for the patient and their family. I like focusing on design to prevent problems in the first place. The MHA program provides a good mix of core public health principles and health care strategy taught through practical experiences that aren’t available in other programs."
What is your professional focus?
Data visualization and analysis, strategic and operational management practice, health systems research and design, and health reform policy and evaluation
How did the SPH help turn your dreams into reality?
The school was always willing to work with me to pursue my own interests. I did an internship in patient advocacy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center and my capstone project in biomedical technologies with the NIH at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Following graduation, I embarked on a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Copenhagen, Denmark focused on hospital finance and health system reform, which drew parallels to the U.S. healthcare system. It was an incredible experience that changed my life by allowing me to understand health in a more global context. The School of Public Health supported my dreams, and helped me transform them into a reality.
How did you play a leadership role during your time at SPH?
I co-founded the Health Services Administration Student Association (HSASA). We created professional networking opportunities, educational programming and built a community within our department. HSASA strengthened the student-faculty connection and increased overall program impact. It’s bigger today than ever before. I was proud to be a leader then, and I am proud to play a leadership role in the SPH Alumni Network today. Our newest initiative, the SPH Mentor Program, gives SPH alumni a tangible way to reconnect with the school and links students to alums in the real world across many different health care industries.