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Message from Dr. Tanya Packer

Posted by School of Health Administration on September 30, 2019 in News
MHA Students at Peggys Cove
MHA Students at Peggys Cove

Dear Alumni & Friends,

Fall time on any university campus is a time of excitement, new beginnings and fun – as seen above, a group of our senior and incoming MHA students spent a day at Peggy’s Cove!  That makes it the perfect time to up-date all of you and share some of our plans for the upcoming year.

I had the privilege of joining the School of Health Administration two years ago as Interim Director, not expecting to find a new academic home. But that is what happens when you join a group of smart, dedicated and kind academics, scholars, administrators and students. I was therefore delighted in July of this year to accept the ongoing position as Director of the School.

So what have we been doing over the last few years? Here are just a few of our accomplishments. 

  • Launched the ELEMENTS Mentorship Program – Led by Robert Zed (MHSA ’96), our Executive-in-Residence; senior health leaders are mentoring and coaching students as they build their careers and networks.
  • Completed the CAHME self-study and onsite re-accretitation process - We will receive the final outcome later this year but are very confident it will be a positive one!
  • Established the School of Health administration Research Enterprise (SHARE) Office – Because we believe research is important. and should be shared!
  • Undertaken a full curriculum review of the MHA – We heard from alumni and students who gave us much positive feedback, but also challenged us to “keep ahead of the curve”. We expect to unveil our new curriculum in 2020.

Here is what we have in the works - so we'd love your involvement!

  • More opportunity to engage with the School and our students – Education is more than just what happens in the classroom; particularly when developing leadership skills.  Role models, mentors, and partners are needed.
  • Our Open House is on Tuesday, November 26th.  Please mark your calendars and join us if you can to share your experience with current and potential students.
  • Evaluating and expanding the ELEMENT Program – No matter where you live, you can be a mentor!
  • New graduate certificate – Our graduate certificates will soon be available to health leaders outside the MHA program.

Since my arrival in the School, I have heard over and over again from faculty and staff, about the pride they take in the success of our graduates. We love to hear what you are doing and want you to know you have an open invitation to visit the School at any time.
Did I mention 2021 is our 40th Anniversary? 
 Please visit our website, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook as further details will be posted in the coming months!
With best wishes for a fall full of excitement, new beginnings and fun.
Tanya Packer, PhD, OT Reg(NS)
Director, School of Health Administration
Professor, School of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University