North Carolina's Meredith College has announced that it will launch an MBA concentration in Health Informatics, beginning this fall.
The concentration will aim to help students better understand the business of health operations through data collection and organization.
Students in the program will also be able to concurrently pursue a graduate certificate in health informatics, through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The new concentration was developed to respond to increasing industry demands for people with data skills.
"When we talked to employers in the industry it seemed like there was a high demand for people who knew the health industry and who can understand how to collect and use data to make informed decisions,” said Denise Rotondo, the dean of Meredith College's School of Business.
Although no curriculum details are currently available for the concentration, the requirements for the UNC Charlotte's certificate option include a range of courses, many of them (expectedly) highly quantitative. Students who do pursue the health informatics certificate option can expect to take classes like "Health Care Data Analysis" and "Health Vocabularies and Classification Systems," for instance.
Early Entry Option
Meredith College also announced that it will be offering a limited number of "Early Career" entry seats for the MBA program, for people without substantial work experience.
Those interested in applying for the Early Career Option will need to have a strong undergraduate GPA and "superior" GMAT or GRE score. While no work experience is required, applicants will need to have completed at least one internship, or have comparable corporate experience.
Typically, cohorts in the MBA program have around eight to ten years of work experience, according to the program's website.
Meredith College's MBA program is flexible, with courses delivered at night. Those participating in the accelerated version of the program can expect to complete in two years.
The school is AACSB-accredited.
For more information, please see the Meredith College press release announcing the new concentration in Health Informatics.