Another Western New York college is starting a new healthcare program, continuing a trend of doubling down on a field that is increasingly popular among students.
D'Youville College's application for a new undergraduate program in health analytics has been approved by the state Department of Education and will begin in fall 2014.
The program will blend training in math, healthcare and IT systems with an eye on jobs in the realm of healthcare logistics, which are expected to boom as Affordable Care Act is implemented. Obamacare's demands include expanded record-keeping and data from healthcare systems.
Students will be trained in data collection, entry and analysis, reimbursement payment systems, cost and payment issues, healthcare law and ethics, according to a D'Youville news release.
"Students will have a context in which to apply the math and statistical part of the program," said Anthony Billittier IV, dean of the School of Health Professions.
Already, D'Youville has increased the number of students enrolled in healthcare programs from 1,474 in 2009 to 2,187 this fall. It opened a $20 million School of Pharmacy in fall 2010 and is proposing a $20 million renovation of the former Gateway-Longview building on Niagara Street for its health and science programs.