In early 2020, Cat Sartino was a graduate student in Indiana University’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM) program and in the middle of her student practicum experience with IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, she quickly transitioned into a full-time role within the hospital as an infection preventionist.
“I don’t think anyone could be prepared for what the past two years have been like,” Sartino said. “Healthcare management has been huge because every day during the pandemic, something new happened.”
Sartino credits the MSHM program for equipping her with the tools needed to face the next two years, working not only in the hospital setting but also directly with nursing staff who spent their days treating patients. A key component of the curriculum is the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which stress the value of self-care and the importance of physical, emotional, and social well-being. During the uncertainty and evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sartino relied on her education, which taught her how to be self-disciplined, the importance of time management, and how to be away from work when you’re at home.
“If I can’t take care of myself, how am I supposed to take care of patients?” Sartino said. “The Eight Dimensions of Wellness have been the key to my success for survival through this pandemic, and I’ve actually been able to share that with my team members because a lot of people don’t know how to care for themselves.”
The MSHM program is a prestigious and rigorous degree offered jointly between the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Kelley School of Business. MSHM curriculum is delivered in a hybrid and online format and includes two semesters of leadership experience in a healthcare setting. In addition, an executive track is available for those with at least four years of professional experience. The program features 14 nationally recognized certifications and includes a focus on wellness.