University of Washington School of Public Health

Graduate Student Profile

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Dajzsa McDaniel

Graduate student, Master of Health Administration
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Why did you choose the UW?

The UW is strong in both public health and health administration. My first love is public health, so I wanted to ensure I was associated with an institution with similar values.

Why did you decide to study health administration?

I have a strong interest in understanding processes. Health care is such a complex industry and I want to better understand how I can make care-delivery more equitable for the patient.

What motivates you about public health and health services?

There’s so much to do and it’s a vast field. The work that encompasses public health and health services touches so many lives and can satisfy many interests.

Are you working or interning?

I’m a teaching assistant for Dr. Hendrika Meischke’s Society and Health course (HSERV 510).

You are a 2017-18 Grayston-Day Fellow. What does that mean to you?

As an out-of-state student, the award was a big help covering my living costs. I’m so grateful there are people in public health who are willing to support students emerging in the field. When I’m settled in my career, I hope to pay it forward in a similar capacity.

Do you have any extracurricular activities or hobbies?

I’m currently the Chair of Finance for the MHA Student Association. I love reading and wandering around used bookstores. I caught the travel bug when I moved to the West Coast, so I’m always saving up money to take small trips, even if it is a bus trip down to Portland.

What are your future goals?

After graduation, I’ll be moving to New York City to take an administrative fellowship position at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in their Department of Neurology. Overall, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the field of population health to better support vulnerable populations.

Do you have any advice for students applying for funding opportunities?

Be proactive and advocate for yourself. Ask around about the various opportunities, because sometimes it isn’t very obvious or well-advertised.

What do you like most about Seattle?

It always amazes me how unique Seattle’s metropolitan area is. From the roof of my apartment in Capitol Hill, I can see the Cascade and Olympic mountains, the beautiful lakes and the vast array of trees that line the city. There is nothing like it!


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