MHA@GW Student Spotlight: Brandon Brogan

Current Position: Supervisory Health System Specialist, Medical Service Line, Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

As a former marine, Brandon Brogan is dedicated to effecting meaningful change within the Veterans Health Administration. He decided to earn an MHA in order to gain the skills and knowledge he needs to become an effective leader in the field. Brandon is no stranger to higher education, however. He already holds a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Quality Management, but his educational experience at MHA@GW truly stands out. When describing his classes and professors, Brandon uses adjectives like “incredible,” “reenergizing” and “phenomenal.” Learn why Brandon is so passionate about his educational experience in today’s student spotlight.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I served in the Marine Corps from 2001 until 2008. As I was finishing my bachelor’s degree, I took a position with the University of Michigan Health System as a program manager for grant-funded projects aimed at using peer intervention as a method of increasing resource utilization among returning Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans.

Why and when did you decide to earn an MHA degree?

After transitioning to a more traditional health care administration role with the Veterans Health Administration, I realized that there was still so much I had to learn. I wanted to return to school for an MHA, but being located in rural West Virginia left my options somewhat limited.

Why did you choose the MHA@GW program?

When I accepted a promotion and moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, I decided to take a serious look at a few of the MHA programs in the area. I had been familiar with MHA@GW for a while, and after researching and comparing it to other programs, I felt that it was the best fit for me.

What excites you most about the program?

The wealth of knowledge and experience that the professors and instructors bring to the program. I am constantly in awe of the amount of real-world experience and knowledge the MHA@GW faculty has to share with us.

Do you have a favorite module and professor?

The first module, Management and Strategy, which was taught by Professor Hanna, was phenomenal. His insight into the industry and the challenges it is facing were incredible. For the first time in my academic career, I was somewhat sad that a course was over.

What has been your favorite part of the experience at MHA@GW?

The immersion experiences, by far. I was unsure of what to expect when I was driving down for the first one, but on the return trip home, I couldn’t wait to come back. Having such an impressive group of faculty, alumni and fellow students on site to discuss a shared passion was invigorating. Each time I leave an immersion, I feel reenergized to get back to my job and try to incorporate some of the skills and tools I learned at the immersion.

Tell us about your experience during the last immersion.

The second immersion experience was truly phenomenal. Having the opportunity to sit with the CEO and COO of the George Washington University Hospital and have them answer our questions was incredible. The alumni panel, faculty and guest speakers were all truly motivating as well. I especially enjoyed Dr. Pierre Vigilance’s discussion on public health.

What are you hoping to accomplish upon graduation?

My hope is to continue to advance my career with the Veterans Health Administration. I think now more than ever the VA needs educated and dedicated leaders who have the knowledge and skills to effect meaningful change.