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Anthony Iannino

Master of Public Health (MPH), Class of 2017

"My education gave me the tools ...to apply evidence-based theories to my future endeavors improving quality within the healthcare system."

Anthony Iannino's ultimate goal is to help improve the healthcare system in the United States. He has experienced first-hand the challenges and opportunities of direct patient care in his role as an occupation therapist for the past eight years.

"Working in rehabilitative services, you have to be able to complete 12 hours of work during a standard eight-hour day. Meanwhile, patients' needs conflict with insurance companies' requests," he said. These and other systemic issues around healthcare operations and delivery motivated him to explore the difference he could make in a managerial or leadership role.

But in order to broaden the career options available to him, Iannino realized he needed an advanced degree. In winter 2016, he enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's MS in Public Health program. "Having a master's degree that covers multiple aspects of healthcare and provides real-world skills allows a person to enter into almost any position within the health industry," he said.

Completing a degree online can seem overwhelming, Iannino admits. "But the work itself is manageable if you give it the necessary time and dedication. The professors at SNHU are all here to see you succeed as long as you put in the effort," he said.

Iannino's next step is finding a leadership position that allows him to "take everything I've learned and use it accordingly. My education gave me the tools necessary to apply evidence-based theories to my future endeavors improving quality within the healthcare system. This would not be possible had I not attended SNHU, where I grew both academically and personally."