At Collegiate Gateway, we like to stay up to date on the newest academic programs so we can best inform and guide you! In our constantly changing world, colleges and universities must adjust their program offerings to stay relevant. This post focuses on new programs in the fields of health and medicine.

College of Health at Lehigh University

In August 2020, Lehigh University welcomed the inaugural class of the College of Health – its first new college in fifty years! Lehigh is unique in offering executive, undergraduate, and graduate programs in population health science. These programs have a focus on health, technology, and innovation. This relatively new field uses data science to understand the multiple, interdisciplinary determinants of health with the goal of developing initiatives to create a healthier world.

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Now more than ever, a school like the College of Health can help tackle the evolving and urgent health problems in our world. “Health crises like COVID-19 are precisely what our faculty do research on and what our students are learning about,” said Dr. Whitney P. Witt, the Inaugural Dean of the College of Health. President John D. Simon added, “Because of this college, Lehigh people will be leaders in industry and positioned at the forefront of innovative research … helping to improve the health of people in our community, as well as nationally and globally.”

RPI’s Life Science Entrepreneurship Concentration in MBA Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management was awarded a New York Life Science Entrepreneur Development grant from Empire State Development (ESD). This five-year, $500,000 grant will help start a life science entrepreneurship concentration in their Master of Business Administration program to develop future leaders in the field of life sciences.

In the fall semester of 2022, the Lally School of Management will partner with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the School of Engineering and School of Science at Rensselaer to offer a 21 credit MBA concentration and a 12-credit certificate program. Students will explore a vigorous curriculum that will concentrate on entrepreneurship in the life science industry, while fostering connections with professionals in the industry.

SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University’s Joint MD/MBA Program

SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University’s Martin Whitman’s School of Management recently announced a 5-year joint MD/MBA Program. Students will spend their first year (fall, spring, and summer) studying for their MBA, spend the summer after their first year completing an MBA practicum, and then begin their four years of medical training in the fall of the second year. It is expected that three students will join the pilot program in the fall of 2022.

Graduates of the program could pursue medical residencies; or seek jobs at consulting or MedTech firms, or as hospital administrators.

Penn’s School of Medicine and HBCUs Partnership in the PASS Program

The Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at Penn has joined forces with five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to increase the number of physicians from groups underrepresented in medicine (URIM). These colleges and universities are now all involved in the PASS program.

Launched in 2008, The PASS program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the medical field, by providing opportunities in summer research, shadowing of physicians, and clinic work. The Program originally included students enrolled at Haverford College, Princeton University, Penn and Bryn Mawr College. Now the PASS program is including Howard University, Morehouse College, Oakwood University, Spelman College and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Horace DeLisser, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and inclusion at PSOM said, “PASS is not just about improving numbers, but empowering the education we provide and enriching the medical school experience for all our students. It also contributes to the diversification of the workforce, which ultimately translates to more physicians of color in practice, which over time may help to mitigate racial disparities in medicine.”

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