HCMP Major Plans Career in Public Service

APRIL 19, 2013 - Georgetown undergraduate Matt Caplan (NHS’15) says his dream job of the future would be serving as the mayor of Pittsburgh.

Caplan, a health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, is very proud of his hometown – the second largest city in Pennsylvania.

“If you ask anyone who knows me on campus one thing about me, they will say I love Pittsburgh,” he notes. “There’s this feeling of obligation to give back to the place that molded me and helped me become who I am. This obligation to the place that helped shape me and propel me to here is a calling.”

Government and Health Care

Over the summer, Caplan will return home to complete an internship at Highmark, a Pittsburgh-based national company that offers various health care services, such as health and dental insurance.

Specifically, he will be working on community and government affairs issues.

“My passions are both government and health care,” he says. “I find that whole scene fascinating, the health care side, the government side, the business side, and the diplomacy side. It encompasses all of my interests in one setting – the place I love and the sector I love.”

Perfect Setting and Major

Caplan says that Pittsburgh is a perfect place for a future career in health care.

“I’d love to give back to it some day,” he says. “One of the big economic drivers today is health care after the steel industry collapsed in the 80s.”

He adds that his coursework in the Department of Health Systems Administration is helping him prepare for this future path.

“This major can really turn you into an expert,” he says. “It can lead you to have marketable and in-demand skills.”

‘It Was Surreal’

In March, Caplan traveled to the United Nations office in Geneva as part of a delegation sponsored by B’nai B’rith International, the only Jewish non-governmental organization with full-time representation at the international body.

As part of the B’nai B’rith delegation, he met with members of the Human Rights Council to discuss its position toward Israel, as well as human rights in general. He also had the chance to speak with ambassadors and witness policy debate at the Palais des Nations.

“It was one of the most – if not the most – formative experiences I’ve had in my 20 years of existence,” he says. “It was everything I had hoped it would be and then some. It was surreal.”

A Georgetown Fan

Back on campus, Caplan bleeds Hoya blue and is a loyal follower of the men’s basketball team. “I am a passionate Hoya fan,” he says. “I was on ESPN probably 10 times this year.”

He says he is very happy with his choice to attend Georgetown.

“The reputation of the institution preceded itself,” he notes. “It matches my personality and my interests.”

By Bill Cessato