Dr. Arrani Senthinathan is an assistant professor in Niagara University in Ontario’s MBA program. She brings over a decade of experience applying strategic management principles to research, quality improvement, and implementation science in the healthcare sector. Her research utilizes health administrative and electronic medical records data to explore contemporary challenges within medicine and public health. In her classroom, she actively cultivates a vibrant learning environment, channeling her passion for teaching to inspire and engage her students.

Dr. Senthinathan holds a Ph.D. in health services research, an MSc. in exercise science, and a BSc. in health care ethics from the University of Toronto, and certifications in Business Fundamental/Mini-MBA and as a Project Management Professional.

What interested you in coming to Niagara University in Ontario?

I was drawn to Niagara University in Ontario by its commitment to practical training, service to society, and academic excellence. The university's emphasis on small class sizes also fosters an environment conducive to student learning. Additionally, the binational culture of the university offers unique opportunities for research, collaboration, and community engagement.

What courses do you teach?

As an assistant professor specializing in healthcare management, I teach a range of courses from strategic management to healthcare policy.

What is your philosophy of teaching?

My teaching philosophy revolves around fostering an inclusive learning environment that encourages critical thinking, collaboration, and real-world application. I believe in incorporating active learning principles and meaningful discussions to enhance student engagement and facilitate deeper understanding. Moreover, I aim to empower students to become lifelong learners and leaders in their fields.

What is your research focus and what drew you to it?

My research focuses on optimizing healthcare delivery and access for equity-seeking populations. I am particularly drawn to leveraging health administrative data to uncover insights into healthcare utilization, disparities, and outcomes. My overall goal is to address pressing healthcare challenges and translate findings into solutions to improve health outcomes.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on several research projects aimed at understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare utilization, delivery, and access among vulnerable populations. In the future, I hope to explore innovative approaches to healthcare management, access, and policy that promote health equity.

Do you engage students in your research? How?

Absolutely! I believe in the value of involving students in research endeavors, as it provides them with firsthand experience to enhance their critical thinking and analytical skills. I regularly mentor undergraduate and graduate students, involving them in all aspects of the research process, from literature review to data collection and dissemination. By engaging students in research, I aim to inspire their curiosity, ignite their passion for inquiry, and cultivate future leaders in the field of healthcare management.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the opportunity to make a meaningful societal impact through my teaching, research, and service. The prospect of contributing to the advancement of knowledge, improving healthcare outcomes, and empowering students to become change agents in their communities motivates me every day.

Why should an MBA student consider specializing in healthcare management, and why, specifically, at Niagara University in Ontario?

Specializing in healthcare management offers MBA students a unique opportunity to enter a rapidly growing and evolving field with significant societal impact. At Niagara University in Ontario, students benefit from a comprehensive curriculum, distinguished faculty, and immersive learning experiences tailored to the healthcare industry. The university's commitment to excellence, small class sizes, and close-knit community provide MBA students with the support and resources needed to succeed. Additionally, the binational culture offers unparalleled opportunities for networking, internships, and career advancement in both Canada and the United States.