MHA network bridges full-time and executive students

									Mona Rath |
																			October 12, 2015

DSC_0666A vigorous network of connections defines the success of the Minnesota MHA program.

Alumni, faculty, health care leaders and health care organizations provide students with access to mentors, career opportunities and connections to the field.

This network expanded in 2008 when the program developed the Executive MHA program. Each cohort of EMHA students consists of employed physicians, health care executives, and health care professionals.

When full-time student Ramil Goonetileke (‘15) expressed an interest in post-graduate employment with Optum, a health data and technology company in Eden Prairie, Minn., faculty member Richard Priore connected him with local EMHA student Nicole Radil (‘17), a product manager at Optum.

“Nicole was a great connection and was immediately willing to meet with me,” says Goonetileke. “She answered questions and offered advice throughout the application process.”

Through this relationship, Goonetileke is now a senior business analyst in the Leadership Acceleration Program (LAP) at Optum headquarters.

“The faculty do a great job in facilitating networking opportunities within the student and alumni network,” she says. “It’s through these connections, which align with the overall mission of the program, that career development and progression occur.”

Goonetileke is optimistic about his future. “I believe the Minnesota MHA network will benefit me for the rest of my career.”



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