As a Registered Nurse, McGovern was no stranger to working within dynamic and interdisciplinary environments. Eager to connect with like-minded healthcare leaders beyond the walls of the hospital she worked in, McGovern decided to pursue further education at IHPME in the MHSc Health Administration program.
“With hundreds of staff, dozens of interlocking systems, and thousands of clients, individuals, and patients, being a part of a healthcare system demands a keen mind and a gift for collaboration, ” says McGovern. “One main highlight of this program has been the ability to pursue change, because health administration has allowed me to broaden my perspective and decrease the silos that exist within and outside the organization I work in.”
McGovern says connecting with peers and engaging with IHPME’s extensive faculty of healthcare leaders helped her gain a pulse of what was happening around the world. It furthered McGovern’s awareness of disparities and challenges that exist within the healthcare sector and the importance of diversity, equity, advocacy, and safe access to health for all— values that deeply resonated with her professional practice and future career pursuits.
The MHSc curriculum tackles the latest issues and demands within health organizations through the lens of health policy, business, and managerial science. McGovern shares this combination is invaluable and reflective of how Canada’s healthcare system continues to transform.
“Between various technological, demographic, economic, political, and environmental forces, we are inspired to rethink the way we run society’s key institutions and education is key in this transformation,” says McGovern. “The program has afforded me the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount while transforming the way I see healthcare and the impact community outreach and initiatives have on our health system.”
Reflecting on her time at MHSc, McGovern shares how the program’s ability to foster meaningful and lifelong connections continues to be the main highlight.
One of the most important highlights are the great people who are now friends and peers who provide an indispensable network for professional advice and collaboration.
McGovern is currently the COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination, and Outreach Manager at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. During her time in the program, McGovern completed a residency project at SickKids and was able to advocate to create this job with the experience and expertise gained in the MHSc program.