Kari Dyjak, M.H.A.'14

StudentMaster of Health Care Administration Program

Hometown: Camanche, IA
Currently reside in: Ankeny, IA
Undergrad Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Major: Graphic communication and marketing
DMU MHA Class of 2014

Currently employment:

I work for Amgen as a Bio-pharmaceutical sales representative

Why did you decide to earn an MHA degree?  Why did you choose DMU?

The MHA program combined with my professional experience will prepare me to deal with the integration of healthcare delivery systems, technological innovations, an increasingly complex regulatory environment and an increased focus on preventive care.  The non-traditional structure of the MHA program at Des Moines University is designed to support working professionals with a family, like myself – I work full-time and have two small children ages 3 and 1.  This flexibility will allow me to continue my education while being able to implement my knowledge and skills immediately professionally.  Earning a MHA at DMU will provide me the chance to develop the skills needed to become an effective leader in the health care industry and will help me take my business career to the next level.

On average, how many courses do you take per term?

On average I took 2 courses each term. I was able to take a few terms off during pregnancy and after the birth of my son, as well as when I started my career with a new company. My point is you can balance DMU MHA program and life changes.

What was the most difficult thing to adjust to when enrolling in the program?

 I’d never taken an online course until DMU, but it wasn’t difficult to adapt.

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

How much each and every faculty member/ professor (And Amy Russell!) within the DMU MHA program cares about each and every student within the program.  They would bend over backwards to help.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

Communicate with your advisor early in the process and plan ahead.  Get involved with DMU Health Leaders Club and other professional organizations.  Learn the power of networking with the MHA faculty and professors, fellow MHA students, and the leaders in our healthcare community.

Extracurricular activities, professional organization involvement, volunteerism, etc:

I enjoy working out, running, playing volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.  I am currently the CEO/President of the DMU Health Leaders Club, a member of ACHE and IAHL, and serve on several committees at DMU.  

What are your short term/long term career objectives: 

I’m keeping my options open, but ultimately I would be working with people and organizations in a leadership role that maximizes my skill set and experience to help improve effectiveness and efficiency in healthcare facilities and the quality of the care provided.