Healthcare professionals in the Lowcountry will soon be able to advance their career with a Master of Business Administration from SC State University’s School of Business, which is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction that only 5 percent of business programs worldwide earn. The Healthcare Management concentration program – the only such option available in the Lowcountry and the Midlands – will be offered at the Lowcountry Graduate Center in North Charleston with classes starting in 2017. Designed with busy professionals in mind, classes will be held in the evenings and on weekends, integrating interactive online delivery systems with personal, face-to-face class time.
“The healthcare industry in the United States is experiencing dramatic growth and now represents the nation’s largest private industry sector,” said Dr. Nancy Muller, director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center. “We are delighted to be able to support SC State University in serving the healthcare management talent needs in the Charleston area and welcome them as our newest academic partner.”
According to a 2014 study by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the medical and healthcare sector is adding nearly 1,000 new jobs each year in the Lowcountry. To keep pace with this growth, healthcare companies and organizations are seeking educated leaders who can integrate technology and business management principles and best practices into the workplace.
“The Healthcare Management concentration was developed to equip its graduates with the understanding and tools needed to manage people and technology in an ever-changing but increasingly integrated environment focused on the patient’s efficient access to cost-effective, quality care,” explained Dr. Barbara Adams, interim dean of SC State University’s School of Business. This program will also provide specialized knowledge in healthcare policy, law and ethics, organizational behavior, human resource management, quality assessment and the structure of the healthcare delivery system.
Anyone interested in learning more about this graduate program is invited to a reception at the Lowcountry Graduate Center on January 19 from 6 – 7:30 pm welcoming SC State University to North Charleston. SC State President James E. Clark, Interim Provost Learie Luke, the dean and other representatives from the School of Business will be in attendance to speak about this and other exciting opportunities the university has planned for the Lowcountry.
Additional information about SC State’s MBA Healthcare Management concentration is also available by visiting lowcountrygradcenter.org,www.scsu.edu, or contacting Ellen Ricoma, MBA program director at SC State University, at 803.533.3777 or [email protected].
Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., with a student population of some 2,900, South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.
The Lowcountry Graduate Center was created in 2001 as a consortium of the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina. These founding institutions, along with the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Anderson University, and South Carolina State University, now offer a variety of graduate degrees and certificates at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. Conveniently located in North Charleston, the mission of the Lowcountry Graduate Center is to increase access to advanced education by professionals in the workforce, support the region’s employers, and boost economic development in the Lowcountry.