Alumni Profile: Katy Mahraj
Before coming to UMSI
Katy Mahraj (MSI '12) received her B.A. in women, gender, and sexuality studies from Harvard University in 2008. While taking a gap year after her freshman year, she become involved with the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network and organized two women’s health conferences. She served as a board member of that organization for two years before coming to UMSI. Following graduation, she worked briefly as a Philadelphia Teaching Fellow, teaching special education math to high school students. After her teaching experience, she worked at the Hershey Public Library as an electronic resources library assistant, where among other duties, the young “tech guru” conducted hardware and software training for library staff.
While at UMSI
Katy decided to pursue a master’s degree at Michigan as she became more interested in the broader issues of information. With a family background in medicine (her father is a radiologist, her mother trained as a nurse), she has always had a special interest in health.
At UMSI, she prepared herself for a new career as a health informationist. In addition to her tailored program focused on health information systems and services, she earned one of the first certificates in health informatics awarded by the University of Michigan. She also completed internships at the Taubman Health Sciences Library and Altarum Institute.
“The future of health librarianship is really evolving," she says. “For both clinicians and consumers, there’s a growing need for professionals who can help people manage, navigate, and understand the vast amounts of health information now available. It’s a booming field with many opportunities, which is one reason why I was attracted to it. At the same time, I’m excited about the widespread impact that practitioners in this field will have to empower patients and improve consumer healthcare.”
Katy accepted a position with Altarum Institute at their Alexandria, VA office as a health information analyst and client development manager for health and human services agencies.