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Mercy College has launched a bachelor of science program in public health, a program whose time has come, according to Joelle Stolte, MPH, PhD(c), chair of the new program.
“The program at Mercy College is the first of only three undergraduate public health programs in Iowa,” she said. “Traditionally, public health has been more of a master’s level program, but Mercy College recognized the urgent need to build a pool of public health professionals at the undergraduate level.”
Mercy College is launching two NEW Bachelor of Science degrees in January 2017: Health Information Management & Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
The Health Information Management program will be the first educational program of its kind in Iowa at the bachelor’s level. The new academic program will be offered at the Mercy College campus in downtown Des Moines, with the majority of the program courses offered in an online format, students will be able to complete the program throughout the state. This degree will prepare students to help meet the growing need in Iowa for HIM professionals and directly impact the state’s ability to stay current in the health care sector, which is leveraging the advancement in technology and analytics.