Professional Development and Student Associations

The School of Public Health offers several organizations that are beneficial for our students. Four organizations many MHA students join include the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Healthcare Finance Association (HFA), the Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL), and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The IHI Open School for Health Professions is an interprofessional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care improvement. The student organization reinforces skills like quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership and patient-centered care. Employers are looking for these skills, and patients expect providers to have them. Most schools barely touch on these topics and IHI is here to help fill that void. For students in nursing, health administration, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, policy, and other health professions IHI provides an educational community that’s free and open no matter where they are.

2018 - 2019 Leadership Officers

  • President: Shaun Thomas Kurian
  • Vice President-Operations: Madison Verzwyvelt
  • Director, Learning/Strategy: Sergio Ramon
  • Director of Finance: Michael Baker
  • Director of Communications: Kalina Zahariev
  • Director of Compliance: Eric Alvarez

Healthcare Finance Association

Healthcare Finance Association is one of the Masters of Health Administration main interest and concentration organizations. HFA aims to provide a learning experience in the field of healthcare financial management to our members. It will provide a forum for members to discuss financial management and how it impacts healthcare organizations. It works closely with the Texas Gulf Coast HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) Chapter as well as state and national in order to provide a well rounded financial experience to its members.

2018 - 2019 Leadership Officers

  • President: Guadalupe Mojarro
  • Vice President: Michael Baker
  • Treasurer (Second Year): Victoria Petty
  • Vice President of Communications: Casey McKean
  • First Year Vice President: Angela Dillon

Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL)

The Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL) works to ensure opportunities within the organization and local community for knowledge sharing and career development among future health care management professionals. AFHL prides itself on upholding and living its core values throughout each one of its activities and its members.

AFHL is an organization devoted to promoting the interest in health care administration through workshops, lectures, trips and other professional networking opportunities. As a learning organization, AFHL serves to foster an environment where students and professionals can exchange ideas and values about the health care industry. This organization is the student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). 

2018 - 2019 Leadership Officers

  • President: Mason Raven
  • Vice-President-Finance: Victoria Petty
  • Second Year Vice President: Julia Huynh
  • First Year Vice President: Chase Whittet
  • Vice President of Communications: Lilian Le

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

The student chapter of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) serves as an extension of the national, state and local chapters to students at the School of Public Health. The MGMA student chapter was established in 2002 to promote professionalism, networking, leadership and learning among its members. MGMA members attend monthly meetings where they are introduced to local and statewide practice administrators and executives.

Members are given career advice and suggestions along with insight into the real-world application of practice management techniques and theories. Our members also attend the National MGMA Annual Conference. At the conference, they network with professionals from around the nation and learn about the latest in the field of group practice management. MGMA members also participate in community service activities and socials with other School of Public Health students.

2018 - 2019 Leadership Officers

  • President: Summer Stout
  • Second Year Vice-President: Cindy Nguyen
  • Vice-President Finance: Alyssa Russell
  • Vice-President of Communications & Social Affairs: Justin Kim
  • First Year Vice-President: Adara McKeever