Amanda Hemmer
Amanda Hemmer, MHA student

Amanda graduated with her Master's in Health Services Administration in Spring 2015 and is a 2015-6 Fulbright Fellow studying "Hospital Finance and Health System Reform in the Capital Region of Denmark."

In one sentence, what is public health to you?

Public health is the intersection between the art and science of living a healthy life.

What inspired you to study public health?

I am studying public health because public health deals in the gray areas of health, science, medicine, beliefs, and society. It touches all of our lives at every level, and in a lot of ways is invisible when it works well -- you may not notice when the choir is singing, but there is deafening silence when it stops.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on?

I would say the transformation to a more holistic view of human health. And securing increased funding for preventive local, state, and national programs. Prevention just makes so much more sense, but is a tiny fraction of our country's health care budget.

Why did you choose public health at UMD?

I chose UMD because of the innovative spirit, collaborative environment, and opportunities, which are unparalleled in this part of the country.

How has your degree from UMD’s School of Public Health shaped your career?

I was at one time a paralegal, and since getting my degree from the UMD School of Public Health have had so many wonderful opportunities that were unavailable to me otherwise. Getting my masters from Maryland has catapulted my career and changed my life.

What person or experience had the greatest impact on you during your degree program?

My advisers and mentors in the Health Services Administration department are really wonderful. The School of Public Health has an energy because of the faculty and students' drive and passion for our shared discipline.
Published March 10, 2015