Amy Downs is a long way from home, 2,501 miles to be exact. However, the Aurora, Ore. native knew, even from the West Coast of the United States, the outstanding reputation of the UAB School of Health Professions.
“The School of Health Professions has an impressive and far-reaching alumni network,” said Downs. “It’s much more affordable than comparably ranked schools. I knew that a degree from UAB would give me the most ‘bang for my buck.’”
Downs is in the master's program for health administration with an expected graduation date of 2013.
“I was drawn to health administration because it’s a dynamic field that combines aspects of many different subjects such as business, medicine and politics,” said Downs. “Since I came to grad school straight from undergrad, the program’s emphasis on project work and hands-on experience in the form of internships and fellowships was particularly important to me. Also, the cohort model made it extremely easy to adjust socially despite being from so far away.”
As Downs prepares for another semester of school, she reflects on her time here so far and the potential for future students with the new addition.
“The two new floors to the school will help foster the needs of our future health care professionals,
said Downs. “Looking back, our students needed a place to practice our presentations and have up-to-date technology. The addition will give new students that capability.”
~Amy Downs, Master's in Health Administration student