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Mount Announces New Major to Address Changing Needs of Nation's Health Care System

Nov. 15, 2010 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University announces a new bachelor's degree designed to meet the nation's changing health care demands, from soaring costs to questionable quality and inconsistent access to care.

The new health care policy major seeks to address the need for greater understanding of medical science, policy, law and advocacy. "Health care reform efforts in the United States have put health care policy and the health care profession at the forefront of political debate, ensuring that the health care professions will continue to be a growth industry for decades to come," says Helen Boutrous, chair of the College's history and political science department who spearheaded the new major.

"Our program will provide rigorous public policy training from political science faculty and honor the long tradition of academic excellence in health care education established by our renowned Mount nursing program," Boutrous adds.

The major builds on Mount St. Mary's well-established reputation as a leader in nursing higher education. The College was the first college in California to provide a bachelor's degree in nursing beginning in 1952, and continues to be an innovator in nursing education. Now, nearly 60 years later, the College provides five nursing degrees to help meet employment demands: the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program; the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program; the accelerated BSN program; the traditional Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program; and the ADN-MSN Bridge program.

The new health care policy major is a cross-disciplinary program designed for students seeking a career in the health care policy sector. Students will complete courses taught by political science, nursing, biology and psychology faculty. Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions with pharmaceutical companies, lobbying organizations, government agencies, law and health care administration and advocacy groups. To learn more, click here.

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