Elisabeth Brisley

Elisabeth Brisley is a current MPH student with a concentration in Health Services Administration.

How did you become interested in health services administration as your field of study?

I had originally intended to pursue medicine, but after receiving my minor in public health I became interested in health administration and policy. The 2016 presidential election and the campaign leading up to it increased my drive to be a part of this vast field, with policy and analysis being my greatest interests. The marketplace includes both public and private industry, and leaves many roads to explore with a master's degree in public health.

Why did you choose UB?

I chose UB to be back in New York State, where the school has a great connection with both local and state networks for public health initiatives. I knew I wanted to continue my education in a city where I could get involved in different experiences during the program, with those experiences contributing towards making me a better candidate in the job market after graduating.

Tell us more about your experience in the MPH program.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Healthcare Policy in the U.S and Public Health Law courses offered in the health services administration concentration. These were topics I had not previously had much educational experience in but wanted to know more about. The discussion-based classes provided a great opportunity to explore my own interests in particular topics covered and current events as well. I also enjoy the program planning and evaluation class in community health and health behavior. Not only was it a great experience to work on a long-term project with a group but the professor brought relevant information from their experiences into her teaching which kept the class exciting.

I am also conducting my field training with BlueCross BlueShield Association in Washington, D.C. where I am working on conducting research on the BlueCross Plan for implementation on preventative and treatment strategies across the country. The opportunity to be a part of history and be in the Capital while debates occurred on the monumental healthcare law will always be the highlight of my educational experience.

What do you enjoy the most about the MPH program?

I like the size of the program. The professors all engage with students and create an environment where I feel comfortable knocking on the doors of my professors to ask questions about classes, research or even advice on how to pursue career opportunities.

How does receiving a degree from UB SPHHP set you apart?

Obtaining a degree from UB shows shows I have the range of skills and substantive knowledge to find solutions in a range of healthcare industries from private to public to management, which I believe will help me stand apart in a ever competitive job market.