Alumni Profile - Samridhi Pradhan, MHIS'21
Current position: Specialist, Research and Evaluation at United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County-----
How did HIS help you get where you are in your career?
"I really enjoyed the courses I took in the HIS program, some of which were Knowledge Translation, Research Methods, Health Informatics, Project Management, Program Evaluation. These courses gave a solid theoretical understanding of the respective topics and also the skills required for their practical application. The Interdisciplinary Issues in Health Information Science course focused on leveraging health information and looking at the issues around it from an equity lens. This was a really good learning experience for someone like me who aspired to work in the social service sector. My previous academic background was Public Health but the diverse academic backgrounds of candidates in my cohort allowed me to gain new perspectives. Furthermore, I got an opportunity to network with professionals in the health and non-profit sector while conducting my major research project. I truly believe all of these factored in to get me where I am in my career."
What would you say to a person considering the program?
"The HIS program is led by a team of academics and professionals who have excelled in their respective fields. The MHIS program has a flexible structure that allows students to select courses and research areas based on their learning goals. In addition, an HIS candidate can leverage the resources from two different faculties: the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. And I was able to focus on the courses and my research without having to worry about finances since the HIS program offered a funding package."
Samridhi has lived in four different countries: Nepal, Germany, England, Canada.