Ashley Hall

M.S., Health and Wellness Management, 2019
Current Job: Center Director
Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Center

Fellowship experience shaped her career

“The fellowship helped me stand out when I was interviewing. I believe that having my master’s was a big reason for getting the job.”

After Ashley finished her Bachelor’s degree, she knew she wanted to continue her education in health sciences to achieve her goals. When she was talking to Merrimack’s Graduate Admission team, she said, “I immediately knew it was the right choice for me. The way the faculty and staff welcomed me into the school and the opportunities they informed me about confirmed my choice.”

Making her dream career possible

Ashley owes a lot of her success to her graduate fellowship experience while earning her Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management at Merrimack. In addition to the benefit of saving 50% on tuition, she said, “What drew me to the fellowship was the opportunity to take what I learned in the classroom into the real world through research and application while being mentored by staff which helped prepare me for the workforce upon graduation.”

As a fellow, Ashley was partnered with the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC). At the end of her program, they encouraged her to apply for a job opportunity available with them. After applying, she got the job and has since continued on to become the Center Director of GLFHC’S Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Center and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion council. Ashley also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Merrimack College and an Affiliate Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Chan Medical School.

For future health sciences graduate students at Merrimack, Ashley offers a simple, but very impactful tip. “I advise prospective students to have their resumes reviewed by colleagues in their network such as previous professors, Merrimack alumni, supervisors, etc. In addition to the resume, it’s great to have an example of a project you have completed that aligns with your academic and professional goals.”

Ashley’s experience as a Health Sciences Graduate Fellow was recently profiled by Read more on the Profellow website.