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School for the Science of Health Care Delivery
The science of health care delivery is the study and design of systems, processes, leadership and management used to optimize health care delivery and health for all.
A key driving force behind the development of the science of health care delivery field is the increasing complexity of our health care system. This complexity is perpetuated by a number of factors including changes in population demographics, technological advances, unsustainable spending trends, and the growing number of individuals struggling to manage preventable chronic disease across the United States. By taking a systems thinking and team-based approach to innovations in care, the science of health care delivery teaches the next generation of health care professionals how to achieve better results at lower costs in this complex and rapidly changing environment.
“Much of the health care industry is obsessed with developing a magic pill, faster scanner or new operation. What the world really requires today in healthcare is not innovation in products, but innovation in the process of delivering to the masses what is already available.” Bending the cost curve: emerging international best practices, PWC, 2011.
The BS program in medical studies allows students to meet the prerequisites for a variety of health professions programs (medicine or MD programs, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, optometry and others) and prepares the student for required postgraduate entrance exams, including the revised MCAT.
Students can customize the medical studies degree to meet the prerequisites of the health professions programs for which they intend to apply. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from health care providers, and they can select clinically related internships or electives during their junior year.
This degree program integrates communication, ethics, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership, all of which are essential competencies for members of today's health care team.
The minor in medical studies focuses on preparing students for work in clinical medicine, to include both direct and indirect patient care. Students take coursework in historical aspects of medicine and in the impact of violence upon health, health disparities, as well as leadership and professionalism. Students have the option of selecting an internship course that will enhance application of core concepts. The School for the Science of Health Care Delivery serves as a connection between the business of medicine and clinical practice.
The science of health care delivery is the study and design of systems, processes, leadership and management used to optimize health care delivery and health for all. The BS program in the science of health care delivery is designed to provide undergraduate students a foundation in person-centered health care, leadership and critical thinking, population health, informatics, systems engineering, and economics and policy. Graduates may pursue entry-level positions in health care administration, delivery or policy, or pursue further education through graduate programs.
Change in the health care system has accelerated in the past five years and will continue to do so as the health care system transforms itself to one based on value rather than on volume. The certificate program in the science of health care delivery addresses the current and future needs of the workforce in the health care industry, such as C-suite executives and administrators, health care providers (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses), front line staff (respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians), and students in the health-related disciplines.
The MS program in the science of health care delivery focuses on the study and design of systems, processes, leadership and management used to optimize health care delivery and health for all. This degree program provides students with knowledge and competencies to contribute in a patient-centered, safe and cost-effective health care system, and is designed for individuals with an interest in a career in the health care industry.
The curriculum is centered on high-value care, leadership and critical thinking, population health, informatics, systems engineering, management, and health economics and policy. Students apply concepts through case studies and team-based projects to facilitate integration of knowledge and competencies. Participating students work in a cohort through the program and are able to complete the degree in nine months (one academic year).