Graduating student finds MHA to be perfect blend of business, health


As MHA candidate Amanda Masciarelli approaches graduation she reflects on how her Ohio State experience didn’t necessarily start out in the field of public health.  

“I actually started out wanting to be a doctor -- I took a bunch of courses in undergrad thinking I wanted to go to medical school, but I realized it wasn’t for me,” Masciarelli said. “I explored a bit and I ended up in business, where I had a professor who suggested I go to graduate school.”

She started researching MBA programs, but still felt drawn to helping people through health care and public health.

“Just by happenstance, I was on my computer one day and an ad on my browser popped up for the MHA program at OSU,” Masciarelli said. “For me, the MHA program has that business aspect but it also has the public health aspect. It gave me a balance between my passion for business and my passion for health.”

Masciarelli liked that in addition to business-oriented classes, the MHA program in the college's Division of Health Services Management and Policy offers courses in epidemiology and environmental sciences.

“Public health is so important, but a lot of people don’t really understand or know about it,” Masciarelli said. “With all of the changes happening with health care and the government policy, it’s becoming much more prevalent for everyone.”

Currently, Masciarelli is a member of the Association for Future Healthcare Executives, which provides opportunities to meet with and interview individuals who have made careers out of public health.

“We get to interact with a wide perspective of health professionals -- people who have had jobs in hospitals or in the county health department, for example,” Masciarelli said.

Additionally, Masciarelli works on projects for her administrative residency, which involves a lot of community outreach, including providing literature on health issues that are comprehensive to different age groups and education levels.

“We try and figure out what it is we can do to provide health care and improve the population health of the community,” Masciarelli said.

After graduation, Masciarelli intends to continue to expand her community outreach initiatives.

“Our program provides a really good base for future career plans -- I will be at Ohio Health for the next two years doing my administrative fellowship.” 


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).