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Kienan Williams

Kienan Williams

MPH Public Health Policy & Management

“I chose MEZCOPH specifically for the Public Health Policy and Management stream. I find Policy and Management exciting because it provides guidance in how health organizations do their work. I have management experience that has developed through learned experience. MEZCOPH offered an opportunity to formalize and be introduced to practical ways of influence (through policy) and how to be a better manager.”

  • Hometown:

    Orono, Ontario, Canada

    Prior Degree(s):

    Hons. BSc - Double Major in Biology and Health Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

    Before entering the program:

    I was and remained the Project Manager for Williams Consulting, a family-based Aboriginal consulting company.

    Why did you choose public health?

    I have always found approaches and perspectives on health to be fascinating, especially as it relates to incorporating holistic and/or indigenous knowledge to mainstream models of health care delivery. My focus is on public health as it has the highest impact on a large scale; it is trying to positively influence the health of the masses.

    Why did you choose MEZCOPH?

    I chose MEZCOPH specifically for the Public Health Policy and Management stream. Policy is often a boring written statement. However, I find it exciting because it provides guidance in how health organizations do their work. I have management experience that has developed through learned experience. MEZCOPH offered an opportunity to formalize and be introduced to practical ways of influence (through policy) and how to be a better manager (rather than making it up along the way).

    A personal selection criterion was to be able to play ice hockey, which is a hobby I would not forgo in the pursuit of a graduate-level education. Thankfully, Amy Glicken was extremely helpful putting me in contact with the appropriate people to play some shinny in Tucson.

    Public health interests:

    Focus on North American Indians, holistic approaches to health, innovative approaches to health system integration, data management systems.

    Internship:

    Health Planning and Quality Management in Serpent River First Nation.

    Interests/hobbies outside of school:

    Hockey, hikes, video games, standardbred horse racing, and recently chasing scorpions.

    Tip for future students:

    The people you meet in your program will likely become your friends for life.

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