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Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. with jobs in most health professions expected to grow at a much faster rate than other occupations. In addition, changes brought about by the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the aging of the U.S. population will contribute to the increasing need for health care professionals. The ACA also has placed renewed focus on health promotion and disease prevention and the need for more health professionals who are able to implement health promotion programs, develop policies, conduct research, and implement strategies to improve the nation's health outcomes.
The School of Health Sciences prepares future professionals in nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy; employment in all three professions is expected to increase much faster than the average of all other occupations. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists is expected to grow by about 30% throughout this decade. In addition, in Fall 2013, we will be launching a new undergraduate program in public health. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), it is projected that by 2020, there will be a shortage of more than 250,000 public health workers (ASPH, 2008). To address this workforce crisis, it is estimated that three times the current number of public health graduates would need to be trained over the next decade to meet the projected need. Public health professionals work in a variety of settings and typically focus on population-based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Learn more about this new program.
We have a long standing tradition of preparing competent health care professionals within a highly personal and diverse academic environment. We invite you to explore our programs and contact us for further information.