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The MPA program has a forty-year history of development since it was chartered by the State of Texas. Our 313 (1968 to 2008) graduates have found rewarding positions across a broad spectrum of organizations. These include, first-and-foremost, local governments but also non-profits and private sector corporations. A profile of the jobs and organizations of our graduates, as shown below, supports the conclusion that UH’s MPA program is a leading educator of public servants.

Pie graph of graduates and fields they have gone to

Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.

Fernando A. Small, M.P.A. ‘02

David Hawes, M.P.A. 96’

Assistant Director-Business Operations, Woman’s Service
Texas Children’s Hospital

Fernando A. Small currently serves as the Assistant Director for Business Operations at Texas Children's Hospital – Women’s Services. Much of his responsibilities center on the operational and strategic development of new and existing outpatient service lines related to women's health, financial policy development and analysis, and most recently strategic planning for clinical information technology. Prior to joining Texas Children's Hospital, Mr. Small served as a Health Policy Analyst Intern for the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, working primarily on health care legislation passed during the 78th Texas Legislative Session and the 108th Congressional Session. Mr. Small currently holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas - School of Public Health in Houston, Texas.

Comment: My MPA degree has proven to be a huge asset to the work I currently do here in a non-for-profit hospital organization. The years I spent pursuing my MPA helped to introduce me to organizational planning, strategic plan development, and financial analysis. However, more importantly, the degree helped me understand the role and importance of local communities and societies in the decision making process. This is key for non-for-profit organizations as well as our federal, state, and local governments.

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