Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

UNO to Offer New Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management

The University of New Orleans announced that it will offer a Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Management in the College of Business Administration. The new academic program was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents on Wednesday. UNO already offers a master's degree in health care management.

"There is enormous demand for qualified health care management professionals both locally and nationally," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "With the creation of the new biomedical corridor in downtown New Orleans, there will be an even greater need for skilled graduates who are capable of critical thinking and understanding the needs of a diverse population of patients, employees and community members."

The bachelor's degree program in health care management will prepare students for careers in health care, which is one of the most economically significant industries in the country. In 2012, the United States spent $2.8 trillion on health care, or 17.2 percent of gross domestic product. The degree program will also prepare students to enter graduate or professional school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent from the 2006 to 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

"This degree program has support from leaders of a number of health care providers in the greater New Orleans area," Fos said. "Not only do they need newly minted graduates, but this program will allow their current employees to obtain a health care degree in order to advance their careers. This is another example of the strong connection that exists between the University of New Orleans and the business community."

Students will be able to start enrolling in the new program in the spring of 2015, with the program beginning during the fall 2015 semester. 


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