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MCPHS Student Alexandra Proch

Student Spotlight: Alexandra Proch, BS Global Healthcare Management ’20

  • When you hear ‘I work in healthcare,’ you may think of a nurse or a doctor, but MCPHS makes it clear that there is more to healthcare than just those roles,” said Alexandra Proch, a second year student in the Bachelor of Science in Global Healthcare Management at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS).

    According to Proch, her program gives her a dual advantage: She is gaining knowledge of the business side of the healthcare field, as well as important insight into clinical care.

    In her courses, Proch takes an in-depth look at not only the U.S. health system, but other systems around the world. “Global Healthcare Management shows you entirely different perspectives, challenges you to think critically about what is efficient and what is not, and gives you the skills think about things at an intersectional level,” said Proch.

    And while the degree includes “global” in its title, the program is all encompassing and prepares students for successful futures in the US or internationally. “This program supplies you with the knowledge and skills every individual should have if they want to pursue a career in healthcare management,” said Proch.

    At MCPHS, Proch found the international, holistic perspective on healthcare management to be a refreshing change. The opportunity to network with professionals at surrounding leading healthcare facilities “in the center of the health industry action” was of course, another major benefit, said Proch.

    And she has taken full advantage of this opportunity.

    In addition to a group interview project, administered by Adil Haider, the Director of Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Proch is a volunteer assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this administrative role, Proch assists the volunteer department directly with any clerical tasks needed. She is also involved in the Summer Health Corps Program, where she works with high school students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare. Her responsibilities include getting to know the students and placing them into opportunities related to their career interests.

    “My biggest takeaway from this experience so far is that I have been right in the action of how an administrative department functions within a hospital,” said Proch. “The skills and experiences I have had at BI are valuable, and I hope to continue volunteering there until I graduate.”

    Whether her future lies as a government ambassador for the United States or a hospital administrator, the opportunities available to Proch are vast and diverse.

    In fact, Proch finds the healthcare field’s ever-changing dynamics an exciting place to be. Boredom is simply not a possibility. “There will always be a need for healthcare, and there are always new things to learn and improve on,” said Proch.

    In the full-time, four-year Bachelor of Science in Global Healthcare Management program at MCPHS–Boston, students work alongside industry experts in your choice of three concentrations: Global Healthcare Delivery Systems, International Healthcare Business, and Global Public Health and Policy.