New Health-Related Academic Programs Approved

Cardiac ProgressiveCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 26, 2014 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved eight new health-related and two other academic programs and title changes for two existing degrees.

The new health-related programs, all scheduled to begin with the spring 2015 semester, are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management-Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management-Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management-Informatics
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management-Quality and Patient Safety

Dr. Bill Eddleman, Southeast provost, said this is the second set of programs to be advanced by the Academic Visionary Committee. The Regents approved the first set in May.

Southeast established the Academic Visioning Committee as a result of the Southeast in the Year 2020 plan. The committee was charged with seeking out possible academic and instructional programs and centers of excellence based on emerging trends, issues and opportunities. More than 40 ideas emerged from a campus-wide call for proposals, including the new programs approved by the Board today.

Eddleman said the Academic Visionary Committee advanced these programs because of the growing health care field and to bring Southeast’s health programs together. The Committee, he said, recognized the need for these programs, both to take advantage of CapeGirardeau’s designation as a medical “hub” and the possibilities for internship and employment opportunities for students, and to meet the needs of the region as the health care field continues to grow. The new programs, he said, have been designed with input from local health care professionals and are in new and developing fields of study.

The new programs will be housed in the Department of Management and Marketing in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast, Eddleman said.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment in the medical and health services management category would grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022. Many of these employment opportunities will be in the areas of marketing, human resources, finance and administration positions, he said.

The new Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program targets undergraduate students who do not excel in the math and science required for pre-med or nursing, but who wish to stay in the health field, and clinical practitioners who wish to move into or up in the area of clinical management, Eddleman said.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Healthcare Administration program is designed for those who wish to begin their professional career in a traditional functional area of business within the growing and complex health sector, he said.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management program targets managers and practitioners who moved into an administrative role and now aspire to advance to an executive level position in a health services organization.

The Graduate Certificates in Healthcare Management allow individuals to continue their education, which is a requirement under most healthcare licensure standards, without committing to a full graduate program. The areas of certification are aligned with licensures.

In related action, the Regents today also approved a new online Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a new Master of Arts in industrial/organizational psychology, both to be housed in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts.

The online Bachelor of Arts in psychology, scheduled to begin this fall, is a completely online program, designed to serve the needs of students who are placebound, are working full time, are returning military veterans or are otherwise unable to participate in an on-campus experience. The program complements Southeast’s on-campus Bachelor of Science program, which is still recommended for students seeking careers in professional psychology, Eddleman said.

Students completing this degree will find employment options in business administration, sales, education, criminal justice, human resources, mental health and technical/service writing careers. He said the demand for direct-service workers with degrees in psychology/social services is expected to increase by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average for all other occupational areas.

The new Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is scheduled to begin in fall 2016. This program addresses a need for graduate school opportunities for students who complete their undergraduate education at Southeast, as well as others in the University’s service area. It is the only program of its kind in the region, Eddleman said.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the fastest-growing area of psychology, with job opportunities expanding by as much as 26 percent between 2010 and 2018, and is an area that provides high-paying jobs for graduates, he said.

In other business, the Regents approved changing the name of the Bachelor of Science in recreation to the Bachelor of Science in recreation and park administration, and the Master of Science in organizational management to the Master of Science in management.