Katarzyna (Kasia) Klasa
What are you currently doing?
I am completing my Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Management and Policy, specializing in Global Health Management and Policy.
How did NHCM prepare you for your current role and/or life after graduation?
After graduating from Penn, I worked as an OR circulating nurse before returning to school. The biggest difference in having gone through the NHCM program was my ability to see the bigger picture. I understood the importance of bridging the rift between administration and clinical care in a wide range of health care settings, including hospitals. Both are pivotal in order to establish a sustainable system of care delivery, but few can easily transition from a clinical to a business perspective, and vice versa.
What was your favorite aspect of the NHCM program?
First, all of the people that I met in the NHCM program helped me grow, learn, and test myself every day. Second, the ability to develop a unique skill set that few individuals have in the real world. Learning theoretical economics from the top economics and healthcare management professors while simultaneously providing direct patient care allowed me to put what I learned into practice. Third, the simulated mass casualty incident that senior nursing students get to experience was phenomenal.
What were you involved in as a student at Penn?
My most memorable is Class Board. Planning class traditions that students will remember for years to come was an incredible experience. I was also a member of the co-ed business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. Through it, I met some of my closest friends while learning how to build a strong professional network.
What do you think you’ll be doing five years from now?
Ideally, I will be near the end of a PhD program in Health Policy and Management, focusing on the effects of local level politics and policy-making on urban health care systems.