Law student hopes to improve health care industry with degree

February 19, 2018

Warden stands atop a mountain.

Matt Warden JD ’21 has a strong understanding of the health care system — and now wants to use that knowledge to help improve it.

The part-time Quinnipiac Law student works in the compliance department at United Healthcare, providing analytics in support of the company’s watchdog initiatives.

“Health care law became a fascination, because of the work I do for a living,” he said. “It’s a pragmatic career choice. Health care law is an area that we need to focus on. I can’t think of an industry that has changed as much as health care — or will continue to change.”

Warden believes the way health care is administered in America is a challenge that needs to be addressed. He recognizes its impact on many baby boomers, including his parents, as well as his friends and their families.

“It’s complex and simulating work. It’s also messy and politically polarizing,” he said. “The reality is there’s always room to grow.”

At Quinnipiac Law, Warden is pursuing a J.D. with a concentration in health law and earning a certificate in health care compliance.

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“I feel supported by my professors,” he said. “They are great allies to the students.”

As a husband and full-time employee who drives an hour to class, Warden is a non-traditional student in many ways.

“I have been considering law school for the better part of 15 years,” he said. “As exhausting as it is, I love it.”

He said after about 30 years, he has finally determined what he is most passionate about professionally. It’s knowing that he belongs in law school, for the purpose of furthering his career, that keeps him motivated through the tough days.

“For the first time in my life, I am excited about what I am doing,” he said. “It forces me to bring my A game.”

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