Tight-knit Feel and Hands-on Fellowship Makes M.S. in Community Health Education Stand Out
An alumna of Merrimack’s M.S. in Community Health Education, Brianna MacDonald is currently the Senior Customer Success Manager at Wellable. As a Customer Success Manager, she assists clients in the design, development and execution of their employee wellness program using Wellable’s technology platform.
Brianna’s goal after her undergraduate studies was to find “a school that would provide a tight-knit sense of community to foster relationships with peers and professors and Merrimack was just that.” She recounts, “Merrimack truly makes you feel as though you are part of something and not just a number in a classroom.”
The supportive community isn’t all that sets Merrimack apart, in Brianna’s estimation. “Another big factor that separates Merrimack from other programs is the fellowship option,” she explains. “By having a fellowship, you are getting real-life, hands-on experience working in the field and spending time around a variety of health and wellness professionals. This makes it easy to apply what you are learning in the classroom directly to real life.”
During her time in the community health education master’s program, Brianna completed her graduate fellowship in the Merrimack Office of Wellness Education. “The Office of Wellness Education Fellowship consisted of independently developing and implementing holistic health promotion initiatives regarding mental health, in which I created a Yoga for Anxiety Capstone Project for Wellness Peer Educators to promote stress management strategies to fellow peers. I provided direct oversight to a student organization, Active Minds, to help generate awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health.”
“Earning my master’s degree from Merrimack allowed me to broaden my skill set and knowledge in the health and wellness field, and opened opportunities to a variety of different professional avenues.”
For prospective students considering a health sciences graduate program, Brianna advises that the effort of earning a master’s degree pays off:
“If you want to feel academically, personally and professionally supported during your graduate program experience, apply to Merrimack!”