Tracie Collins, MD, MPH, MHCDS ‘18
Chair and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, U of Kansas
I am a physician, researcher, and administrator at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. My duties as chair of a department within a medical school requires vision, mentoring, fiscal oversight, and, most importantly, collaborations with community partners to improve the health of all Kansans.
Q: Why did you decide to apply and ultimately matriculate into the MHCDS program?
My decision to enroll in the MHCDS program was based on the curriculum and the people. Prior to my application to the MHCDS, I entertained obtaining an MBA. Once I became aware of the finance coursework offered through the MHCDS program which was combined with multiple other disciplines including health economics and policy and management and leadership of health care organizations, I realized I had identified a rich program that would be of tremendous value to me as a physician and administrator.
Q: What has been the best part of the program for you – so far?
The best part has been the networking with classmates and the well-experienced faculty. Thinking about health care delivery with a different lens has been exciting and valuable.
Q: How have you used the skills and knowledge you have gained so far?
I use what I'm learning through the program to to enhance my own capabilities as department chair and to prepare for further leadership roles within academic institutions.
Q: What else would you tell a candidate for the MHCDS program about your experience?
This is an innovative program that is much needed to positively influence health care delivery. I highly recommend completing the program if you seek to grow your knowledge of finance, health care operations, and the management of organization change.