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Student Spotlight: Dillon Thompson

Name: Dillon Thompson
Degree Program: Master of Health Administration
Concentration: Global Health
Hometown: Madison, Alabama
Previous Institutions: Auburn University, B.S. Healthcare Administration

What do you like most about the UK College of Public Health?
The faculty and staff played a huge role on why I chose to attend UK. Upon being accepted into the program, I completed an on-site department tour. It felt personal and the administrators I spoke with seemed interested in helping me obtain the education I would need to help me achieve my career goals. The professors here are passionate about the materials they teach and encourage you to not only learn the material but to learn to apply it within your respected healthcare specialties. 

What internships have you completed through the college?
This summer, I completed an internship at Norton Healthcare, in Louisville, KY. This internship helped me apply tools gained from our didactic coursework in the healthcare field. I also participated in a medical brigade to Quito, Ecuador where I, along with other members of UK Health colleges (Pharmacy, Medical, Nursing, PT) provided healthcare services in impoverished areas of Santo Domingo.

What are you involved with on and off campus?
On campus I am the Recruitment Chair for the MHA Student Association and also participate in Fusion, a campus-wide day of service. Off campus I am a hospice volunteer at Bluegrass Hospice and provide support to a local assisted-living facility.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?
After completing my MHA degree, I hope to either receive a fellowship within a health system focusing on geriatrics or obtain a clinical degree.

What made you decide to study Health Administration?
I have always been interested in healthcare because it is a constant growing and changing field. I like the focus on being able to influence the availability of enhanced healthcare services to communities that are often underserved.  I am particularly interested in the provision of geriatric and global healthcare.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I love to watch Auburn football. Being at UK makes it pretty hard not to enjoy and support UK basketball. I also enjoy going to Keeneland, playing intramural sports and spending time with family and friends.

What is one thing you would like people to know about you?
I have a huge passion for traveling.