BHSc Alumni Spotlight

Health and Society

Fahd

Fahd Mirza, BHSc'12

Manager, Patient/Care-Based Funding
Continuing Care at Alberta Health Services

  • BHSc - Health and Society - University of Calgary
  • MPA - Master of Public Administration - Queen's University 

The Health and Society major, allowed me to explore several subject areas...this exploration allowed me to gain knowledge and skills in areas that could be utilized anywhere.

Fahd Mirza, BHSc'12

What is your favorite BHSc memory?

The day we took graduation photos at the O'Brien Center Atrium. I felt a sense of accomplishment and happiness because while the four years were fun and, there were highs and lows; the journey was long. Completing that journey and not thinking about yesterday or the future, it felt good to live in the present and enjoy the moment.  

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself as a student?

University is also about social life and extracurriculars (e.g., volunteering, employment), and not just academics. So explore all three and find the right balance. It will take time to find that balance so be patient. But explore all of these aspects because they will help you grow. 

What is the best thing about your current job?

People! Work is always there but the people you work with play an important part in shaping your experience.

How has your career evolved?

After completing my BHSc in 2012, I completed my Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Queen's University before starting my public service career with the federal government (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) in Ottawa in 2013. I moved back to Alberta in 2014 to work with the Ministry of Health (Alberta Health) before moving to Alberta Health Services in 2017 to work in their Finance/Public Policy area. 

How did your BHSc degree help you get to where you are now/current career?

BHSc, especially the Health and Society major, allowed me to explore several subject areas, most of which are not related to health directly. This exploration allowed me to gain knowledge and skills in areas that could be utilized anywhere. It also peaked my interest in areas, such as corporate finance/accounting, that I continue to pursue to this day. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received during your career journey?

'Just get the credentials' was the best piece of advice I have received thus far in my career. Whether its BHSc, MSc, MD, PhD, CPA etc., the credentials are an indicator of your career progress and will help you move up in your career. I know the journey to each credential is long and hard but stick with it and the rewards will come!