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6 Reasons to Pursue An MBA Degree Online - Big Easy Magazine 6 Reasons to Pursue An MBA Degree Online - Big Easy Magazine Posted: 27 Nov 2020 09:28 AM PST The year 2020 has taken the world by storm with its constant influx of negative and life-changing news. Everything that was considered normal has been replaced with a new sense of reality where nothing is the same as it once was. From going out for errands to meeting your loved ones, everything is tainted with the fear of contracting a deadly virus. To counter these conditions, many business sectors have made adjustments and shifted online, including education. Universities worldwide have introduced online programs and courses that have made e-learning extremely easy and efficient. This even includes the veer so popular MBA.  To Be honest, an online MBA isn't a new concept. The program was available even before the pandemic. Nonetheless, there are more options available now, and he

UW creates online interdisciplinary masters degree in health informatics - The Badger Herald

UW creates online interdisciplinary masters degree in health informatics - The Badger Herald


UW creates online interdisciplinary masters degree in health informatics - The Badger Herald

Posted: 14 Apr 2020 07:00 AM PDT

The University of Wisconsin has created a new Masters of Science in Clinical and Health Informatics. The program is fully online and designed to be interdisciplinary and accessible.

Interim Program Director Mary Thompson said the 30 credit program brings together knowledge and expertise from across campus and is one of the most interdisciplinary degrees found at UW. The degree was developed with help from the School of Business, College of Engineering, School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy. 

"It's pretty innovative to look at improving not just health care practices but health care decision-making, health policy and data security," Thompson said. 

Thompson said the decision to make the degree fully online was a deliberate one. Many jobs in the clinical health informatics field do a great portion of their work online, so the program hopes to emulate that environment with this teaching style, Thompson explained. 

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Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Programming Marty Gustafson said this fall, UW will have 29 online degree and certificate programs, and the university is planning to expand its online presence to new fields in the coming years.

Online degrees are a good way to reach more adults throughout the region, Gustafson said. By growing the number of fields in which UW offers online programs, the university is expanding the number of students who can access UW education, Gustafson said.

"I think we have a lot of disciplines where we haven't gone [online] yet and I'm really excited to be … engaging our departments in where it makes sense to maybe have some additional offerings," Gustafson said.

Thompson said another reason UW chose to teach the degree online is to make the degree accessible to people balancing a full time job and returning to school. Making the degree fully online is one way the degree can incorporate people from different backgrounds, Thompson said. 

"This is a great way to include rather than exclude," Thompson said. " So the degree is 100% online to make sure that it's inclusive of that returning adult learner is our primary focus."

Though the degree is, in-part, aimed at returning students, Thompson said many undergraduates have reached out to express interest in the program as well. Thompson said in its first year, the program is aiming to start with 25 students in the fall and grow to a class of around 150 students across programs.

Gustafson said while the majority of students taking online courses at UW are from the midwest region, many of the programs offered reach a national audience as well. According to Gustafson, the Division of Continuing Studies online professional degrees reaches students from a variety of different backgrounds including those looking to change careers and students who are hoping to advance in the current profession. 

School of Medicine and Public Health Associate Dean Dr. Elizabeth Burnside wrote about the masters program in an email to the Badger Herald.

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"The UW-Madison is already the training-ground for skilled, competent, and creative innovators that are fueling the next phases of the information age to the borders of our state and beyond," Burnside said in the email. "The C&HI-MS will continue that tradition in the healthcare space by training professionals with the knowledge and skills to advance their careers, improve the health of Wisconsin, and benefit society at large."

Many of the projects throughout the course will use real-world data that has been scrubbed to help students build experience in dealing with scenarios they plausibly could face in future careers, Thompson said. Burnside said the program will involve networking with experts and case-based learning experiences which will set students up for success.

The master's degree will set students up for a variety of careers after graduation, Thompson said. Thompson said there are jobs in healthcare administration, resource decision making and quality improvement, to name a few. 

"The cornerstone is that [careers] will be looking at data through a healthcare lens," Thompson said. "It's not just data science, which is more generally focused — it's healthcare focused. … The expanse is pretty wide."

Burnside said one priority of the program is to earn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management. To ensure quality of education and make the program is as applicable to real life as possible, the university worked to include CAHIIM principles in the curriculum for the Clinical and Health Informatics degree.

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Burnside said the program was created with the values of the university in mind and believes UW is a good home for this degree because of the quality of education the university provides to students.

"Our program discovers, examines critically, preserves and transmits the Clinical and Health Informatics knowledge, wisdom and values that will improve the quality of life for all," Burnside said. 

Former Pfeiffer professor dies - The Stanly News & Press - Stanly News & Press

Posted: 13 Apr 2020 03:27 PM PDT

The following is from Pfeiffer University:

It is with great sadness that Pfeiffer University announces the death on April 9 of Dr. Joel E. Vickers, who served with distinction as a professor and founding chair of the university's Department of Health Administration from 1997 to 2016. Vickers was 81.

"Dr. Vickers was a man of undeniable insight and vision," said Dr. Vernease Miller, Dean of Pfeiffer's Division of Applied Health Sciences. "At Pfeiffer, he built a health administration program that has become the largest in the Carolinas and one of the largest in the country."

Pfeiffer offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and a Master of Science in Health Administration. There are also joint degrees that combine health administration with leadership (MHA/MSL) and with business administration (MHA/MBA). All told, almost 3000 people hold Pfeiffer-conferred degrees in health administration. Many of them work as executives in major healthcare systems across the country. Several have pursued doctorates in healthcare administration.

Vickers was responsible for several innovations during his time at Pfeiffer. He combined undergraduate and graduate health programs to form the Department of Health Administration. This enabled the BS in Health Administration program to serve as a feeder for the MHA degree programs.

Vickers also pioneered the use of the cohort model for onsite instructional delivery of Pfeiffer's graduate programs, which resulted in exponential enrollment growth. At one point, before the popularity of online learning platforms, Pfeiffer faculty were teaching health administration classes at several sites across North Carolina, each hosted by a major healthcare system.

"It was his participative leadership that attracted uniquely qualified and industry-experienced faculty to create a team willing to travel Monday through Thursday all over North Carolina to deliver a competitive program," Miller said.

While at Pfeiffer, Vickers designed comparative international health trips to Canada, the UK, Germany, Austria, France and Liberia.

"These international travel opportunities offer unique exposure to healthcare settings around the world that gives Pfeiffer graduates strategic advantage in the workplace," Miller said. "It takes energy to single-handedly brand a department that enjoys a solid reputation for preparing transformational leaders that are shaping the future of healthcare locally, nationally and globally."

Also among Vickers' innovations at Pfeiffer is the university's participation in the Allied Regional Skills Partnership. The partnership aims to create innovative solutions that address allied health workforce shortages throughout Mecklenburg County and across the state.

Vickers enjoyed a long and prestigious career in healthcare administration prior to his coming to Pfeiffer. He was a tenured member of the faculty at East Carolina University, and he served as an adjunct associate professor at UNC Charlotte.

He worked as Deputy Director for AHEC, the Charlotte Area Health Education Center.

He served eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. He served since 1985 as a Sunday school teacher and trustee at Matthews United Methodist Church.

Dr. Vickers was beloved by students and faculty because of his warm and inviting spirit, and his passion for people.

Vickers "sincerely cared," Miller said. "His unselfish caring and steady hand of encouragement freed faculty to pursue their own passions and encouraged students to excel beyond perceived limitations and current job status. The value of these contributions cannot be measured or compensated. Nevertheless, they are the measure of the man."

Vickers holds several degrees from the UNC-Chapel Hill, including Dr. P.H. He is survived by four children: Scott, Danny, Kevin, and Gloria. He leaves behind several grandchildren and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeannette, and his son, Kevin.

Final arrangements are not yet available. Pfeiffer will communicate them when they are.

Ken Keuffel, who authored this article, has served as Pfeiffer's Assistant Director of Communications since December 2019. He welcomes story ideas from Pfeiffer's faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. 

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