2022–2023 Administrative Fellowship – Hospitals & Clinics

University of Utah Health is offering a one year administrative fellowship that will begin in early summer 2022. This fellowship is designed to cultivate leaders in the field of academic health care by fostering close working relationships between the fellow and senior executives while exposing you to a diverse array of operational activities.

The program’s preceptor is Dan Lundergan, COO of University of Utah Health. With Dan’s guidance, the administrative fellow will participate in a wide array of projects and rotations during their fellowship. The projects and rotations are at the fellow's preference and the preceptor’s discretion.

Areas of Opportunity 

The fellowship at the University of Utah Health is tailored to the interests of the candidate selected. Areas of opportunity for project work include, but are not limited to:

  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Strategic planning
  • New business development
  • Ambulatory services
  • Quality improvement
  • Academic and community physician management
  • Financial and performance analysis
  • Organizational development
  • Telehealth strategies
  • Health insurance operations
  • Employee relations

University of Utah Health is also offering a Medical Group Fellowship for the 2022—2023 year.

Application Process

Candidate Qualities

Candidates should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed a MHA/MBA/MHSA/MPH/MPA accredited graduate program and should exhibit the following qualities:

  • Ability to manage multiple successful projects and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess self-motivation, teamwork skill, and emotional intelligence
  • Interest in management and operations of academic medical centers

Required Application Materials

Applicants should prepare the following application materials. Materials should be submitted to the online application portal through NAFCAS.

  • Resume and cover letter
  • Personal statement of interest in pursuing an administrative fellowship at University of Utah Health (one page limit)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or past employer)
  • Official graduate school transcript from an accredited program

If you have any questions about the fellowship and/or the application process please contact our current fellow, Cassandra Taft, at cassandra.taft@hsc.utah.edu.

Application Submission Dates

The NAFCAS application deadline is Thursday, October 1, 2021.



Applications due October 1
Phone Interviews: Early/mid-October 2021
On-site Interviews: Mid/late-October 2021


June/July: Start of administrative fellowship


Selection Process

Informational Webinars

Current fellows Cassandra Taft, MBA, MHA, and Sofia Loucao, MHA, will present on the fellowships offered by U of U Health, followed by a Q&A session.

Office Hours for Prospective Applicants

Cassandra and Sofia are available to answer prospective applicants' questions. 

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2-3 PM MST
  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 4-5 PM MST
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 4-5 PM MST
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 4-5PM MST

All sessions: Register here. 

Questions? Please contact administrative.fellowship@hsc.utah.edu

Program Benefits

The program provides the fellow an opportunity to complete project work and rotations throughout the year to enhance and develop communications, project management, organizational, and leadership skills.

Pay & Benefits

Administrative fellows receive a salary competitive with leading administrative fellowship programs across the nation along with a competitive benefits package. The administrative fellow also receives financial support to attend two conferences of his/her choice over the course of the fellowship year.

Selected Projects

Selected Projects Completed by Previous University of Utah Health Administrative Fellows

  • U of U Health Patient Flow Analysis and Implementation
  • U of U Health Operational Strategy Planning Taskforce
  • Operational Budget Oversight for U of U Health Executive Offices
  • Project Lead for Annual Be Well Utah Community Event
  • Physician Orientation and Leadership Development Institute Curriculum
  • Business Plan for Community Clinics Birthing Suite
  • Utah Medicaid Expansion Advocacy
  • Development of U of U Health Tele-Medicine Department
  • DNV GL Corrective Action Taskforce
  • U of U Health Price Transparency Analysis
  • Social Media Residency
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Market Analysis
  • Operational Plan for New Community Clinic Site
  • Financial Modeling for Expansion of Specialty Programs

One of the most valuable experiences I gained during my fellowship was the opportunity to be mentored by U of U health executives who were actively engaged mentors over the course of the year. I was integrated into the senior leadership team and given opportunities to work on current projects valuable to the organization.

Janelle Robinson, MBA/MHA
Senior Director, Clinical Operations, UNI, University of Utah Health

Current & Previous Fellows

Current University of Utah Health Administrative Fellow


Cassandra Taft 
Weber State University Graduate

Previous U of U Health Administrative Fellows & Current Professional Positions


Cody Williams, MHA 
Ohio State University Graduate


Brynn Harris, MPH 
University of Texas Graduate

Operations Project Administrator, University of Utah Health


Mark Shahata, MHA
University of Utah Graduate
Manager, Business Operations at University of Utah Health


Phillip Waite, MBA, MHA
University of Utah Graduate
Enterprise Initiative Consultant,
Intermountain Healthcare


Melanie Sottile, MPH
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Graduate
Manager, Strategic Planning
Stanford Medicine


Marta Bahriy, MS-HSM
Rush University Graduate
Director of Operations
The Family Institute at Northwestern University


Joe Vance, MHA
University of Minnesota Graduate
Administrative Director, Strategy & Clinical Innovation, Community Physician Group
University of Utah Health


Juliana Briscoe, RD, MHA/MPH 
University of Utah Graduate 
Business Operations Manager, UNI


Nathan Gladwell, RN, MHA
University of Minnesota Graduate
Senior Director, Clinical Operations – Network Development & TeleHealth
University of Utah Health


Anna Rogers, MHA
University of North Carolina Graduate
Director of Business Operations, University of Utah Health


Michael Bennett, MBA/MHA
University of Washington Graduate
Senior Director, Revenue Cycle
St. Luke's Health System


Janelle Robinson, MBA/MHA
University of Utah Graduate
Senior Director, Clinical Operations UNI
University of Utah Health


Josh Dean, MBA/MHA
Baylor University Graduate
Senior Group Practice Manager, Hill Air Force Base


Jared Amerson, MHA
University of Florida Graduate
Chief Operating Officer, Temecula Valley Hospital, California