Student Spotlight: Jordan Marschke
Jordan Marschke was looking for a part-time graduate program that would offer her the same educational experience as a full-time, on-campus program. Jordan enjoys the sense of community MPA@UNC fosters and feels that the skills she learns in class are immediately applicable to her career and everyday life.
In a recent interview, Jordan explains how she’ll use the public health skills she gains through the program to improve healthcare in her community.
What is your name?
What is your current position?
Healthcare Project Manager
Tell us a bit about yourself, i.e., previous education, where you’re located, professional interest, hobbies, etc.
I graduated Yale University in 2012 with a BA in political science. When I'm not working or studying, I love to read anything I can get my hands on, hike, and spend time with my family and friends.
Why earn a Master of Public Administration degree?
I am interested in working with healthcare organizations to grow their influence in the community and shift the focus further toward preventative care, social care, and making people healthier.
What is your field of study / focus area?
I would like to focus on the public health portions of the MPA—that concentration was largely what drew me to this program.
Why did you choose MPA@UNC?
Not only do I love the campus and the school itself, this program offered me the ideal experience—I could continue working and moving forward in my current position while still getting an opportunity to further my education. I was worried that not attending graduate school full time would mean that I didn't get the same experience, but this program proves that wrong.
What makes MPA@UNC and The School of Government special?
You really feel like you're working with classmates, not just video chatting with strangers, and the classes are truly applicable the minute you learn the skills.
What is your favorite class?
Public Service Leadership. Dr. Hemphill is amazing, and the class led me to a lot of personal growth and development.
How has the program helped you to achieve your career goals? What is your next step?
This program has already made me a better leader and manager (only two terms in!), and I cannot wait to see how it makes me a better individual to serve in healthcare organization management.
What are you looking forward to the most about your immersion experience?
I am really looking forward to getting the opportunity to come to campus and meet some of my classmates in person!
Do you feel the social and networking aspects of the program have been beneficial?
Yes, they are certainly beneficial at helping to build a sense of community.