Class of 2018

Tracie Collins, MD, MPH, MHCDS

Secretary of Health, State of New Mexico
Prior - Dean, The University of New Mexico College of Population Health

I use what I'm learning through the MHCDS program to to enhance my own capabilities as department chair and to prepare for further leadership roles within academic institutions.

Tracie, tell us about your professional experience.

I am a physician, researcher, and administrative leader (Dean) at the University of New Mexico's new College of Population Health. My duties as dean requires vision, mentoring, fiscal oversight, and, most importantly,  collaborations with community partners to improve the health of the great people in New Mexico.

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.

What has been the best part of the program for you?

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.

This is an innovative program that is much needed to positively influence health care delivery. I highly recommend completing the MHCDS program if you seek to grow your knowledge of finance, health care operations, and the management of organization change."