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SUM 2018

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29 SUMMER 2018 C lasses will begin this fall in two new master's degree programs approved in April by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. They are the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) in the College of Business and the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. A third approved master's program, also in SPHIS, is the Master of Science in Health Data Analytics (MSHDA). This program is expected to begin in fall 2019. COB The MSBA will prepare students to become data scientists, advanced analytics profession- als, data analysts, data engineers, business analysts and business intelligence professionals. Graduates will possess technical knowledge and skills to deal with the most complex business problems of today and tomorrow and will be able to effectively communicate actionable insights to relevant business constituencies. "A big part of our mission is to develop high-value programs that meet the evolving needs of businesses and individual students," said Todd Mooradian, dean of the College of Business. "The new Master of Science in Business Analytics is the archetype of this commitment; it reflects our innovative, market-oriented strategies. We are working hard to become more market-oriented, more agile and more fully engaged in serving our students, our communities and economic partners." SPHIS The MSHA and MSHDA are both important to the population health arena and are intrinsically linked to the two SPHIS growing research engines, the Common- wealth Institute of Kentucky and the Center for Health Organiza- tion Transformation, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program. "Our two newest master's degrees build on the school's strategic investment in training tomorrow's leaders in health administration and health policy analytics," said Craig Blakely, dean of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. "While very distinct degrees, both are essential to any health care organization seeking to advance its market share in the ever-changing health delivery system landscape. We look for- ward to seeing how students and graduates of these two programs will impact our expanding local health care systems." FIVE NEW ONLINE PROGRAMS WILL MEET GROWING DEMAND As more students continue to seek college courses in front of computer screens rather than in the classroom, UofL is boosting its program offerings to address those needs. UofL's College of Arts & Sci- ences, School of Public Health and Information Services, and Kent School of Social Work recently launched completely online degrees in biostatistics, psychol- ogy, social work, sociology and women's & gender studies. With the addition of these five new courses, UofL now offers 29 total online programs. This is the first time so many online programs have been added at once, reflecting a broader trend within higher education. "The demand for online learn- ing options continues to grow across all areas of study and fields as more adult students gravitate toward online learning methods than ever before," said Gale Rhodes, vice provost and execu- tive director of the Delphi Center. "We want to be at the forefront of meeting the demand for flexible and affordable learning for all professionals." UofL's Delphi Center for Teach- ing and Learning, which provides to faculty members programming and other resources that encour- age excellence in teaching and foster student learning, started working with academic units in 2001 to offer online programs. Criminal justice, public admin- istration and human resource education were the first online programs available at the university. The recent expansion will broaden access to education for students who are not able to come to campus and want to earn a degree from UofL. Rhodes envisions more accelerated growth as online learning becomes a strategic goal for UofL and its academic units. "We want to be strategic in aligning our online programs with the growth and needs across industries, not only here in Kentucky but also across the U.S. and even abroad," she said. ONLINE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE: BACHELOR'S DEGREES: Communication (BA), Communication (BS), Criminal Justice, Nursing, Organizational Leadership and Learning, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies. COMPETENCY-BASED DEGREE: Healthcare Leadership. MASTER'S DEGREES: Biostatistics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering Management, Higher Education Administration, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Social Work, Special Education, Teacher Leadership. CERTIFICATES: Accounting, Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering. TEACHING ENDORSEMENTS: Classroom Reading, English as a Second Language, Instructional Technology. More options to earn a master's degree

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