For me, the highlights were twofold, first the content and theory that I learned in the classroom through the fantastic instructors across the various courses. Supplemented by the amazing industry speakers and guests that were regularly brought in to build on the theory and shed light on how the theory plays out in the real world.
Julian Wong was first introduced to IHPME’s MHSc program after a few conversations with a colleague currently in the program. Wong was eager to learn more about the health system transformation and pursue more senior leadership roles that aligned with his future career aspirations.
Wong knew very quickly the MHSc program was the right fit.
“For me, the highlights were twofold, first the content and theory that I learned in the classroom through the fantastic instructors across the various courses,” says Wong. “Supplemented by the amazing industry speakers and guests that were regularly brought in to build on the theory and shed light on how the theory plays out in the real world.”
The second highlight was the connections with peers within the program. Wong shares that students appreciate building meaningful connections that extend beyond the walls of the classroom.
But most importantly, Wong shares the program provided the clarity and confidence necessary for taking the next step in his career.
“It gave me the boost that I was lacking to step outside of my comfort zone and try something different that would challenge me in a major way,” says Wong. “The program provided me with validation that I had the potential to become something more than what I originally set out to do with my career in health.”
While completing the MHSc program, Wong had a unique opportunity to switch industries into professional and consulting services.
“I was given the opportunity to enter a completely new type of role and to make the switch from working in the health sector to working in professional services as a management consultant for a Big Four advisory firm,” says Wong. “I previously worked at KPMG for over five years, and more recently moved to Smile CDR as Partnership Relationship Manager.”
Wong’s current role focuses on actively managing partnerships with delivery partners to bring their solutions to the marketplace.
“Working within professional services has provided me with an incredible opportunity to continue learning about the health system beyond the MHSc program in a way that continues to be both enriching and fulfilling,” says Wong.