I graduated in '05 with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley Univ. My post-bacc work experience was first in automotive research, working in Ohio for the Japanese automaker Honda, and now in Chicago in aerospace doing project management. I spent a great deal of time training-through-doing in Japanese business principles like Lean, Kaizen, Continuous Improvement, etc. For 3 months I volunteered on Fridays at Nationwide Children's Hospital. I worked on the Rehab floor with long-term care patients and helping the clinical staff. When I was a kid, the pediatric hospital in Chicago made a huge impact on me treating sports-related injuries that I struggled with due to a genetic called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. When I started volunteering I just wanted to gain satisfaction helping others... after a few months, I realized altho I'm skilled in Engineering, perhaps I could use those same skills in Healthcare and gain much more personal satisfaction. I learned Nursing or OT/PT was a bad match. Tho satisfying, the large # of patients they deal with daily drains people with my personality. Med school, becoming a Dr., and specializing orthopedics or PH&R would satisfy my investigative curiosity, and is a more one-on-one interaction.... but starting med school at 29 scares me , and my hands aren't steady enough for surgery. Orthotics sounded cool... but its such a narrow-field, prospects seemed murky. Then I learned about the admin side: specifically Management Engineering and/or Business Process Improvement . Its an area I could apply what I've learned in Japanese business practices (Lean), I really enjoy those topics as an engineer, and I see the field being relevant as Healthcare faces reform, cost pressures, and aging population. Would an MPA/MPH or Rush's MS in Health Systems Management (HSM) be a worthwhile degree for me? Or, am I be better off getting an MBA focused on operations? Or, should I stick to my engineering roots and get a Masters in Industrial Engineering?