NAME: Dr. John M. Thompson ’06

DEGREE: PhD in Health Services with a specialization in Healthcare Administration

JOB TITLE BEFORE MY DEGREE: Interim Assistant Administrator and Administrative Fellow, Providence Medford Medical Center in Oregon

JOB TITLE AFTER MY DEGREE: Executive Director, District of Columbia Office on Aging

HOW MY DEGREE HELPS ME MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT: I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to help people. The majority of my career has been focused on serving seniors, either from the perspective of the healthcare provider or through a government program. Walden helped me develop my critical-thinking skills and my perspective on the healthcare system, which I bring to my role at the Office on Aging. As executive director of this agency, my goals are to identify the needs of vulnerable seniors, identify gaps in the services we provide, and offer multiple practical solutions. I use all of the tools in my toolbox to tackle the issues and effect change for seniors.

BIGGEST BENEFIT OF EARNING A DEGREE AT WALDEN: After earning a PhD from Walden, the opportunities have been plentiful for me. I have accepted a senior cabinet-level position at the Office on Aging and nearly quadrupled my salary in five years. My entire experience in Walden’s Ph.D. program has served as the platform for my career.

Tell us how your degree paid off at myWaldenImpact@waldenu.edu

Man researching online education on laptop
Request Information
Request Information
Please use our International Form if you live outside of the the U.S.
Please use our Domestic Form if you live in the U.S.
*Required Field
Academic Interests
Required
Required
Contact Information
Required
Required
Invalid email address
Please provide a valid phone number
Required
Required
Please provide a valid zipcode
Required
Required
United States
Additional Information
Submit

By submitting this form, I understand and agree that Walden University may contact me via email, text, telephone, and prerecorded message regarding furthering my education and that calls may be generated using automated technology. You may opt out at any time. Please view our privacy policy or contact us for more details.