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Kaplan University Introduces New Degree Programs to Schools of Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Business

Aug. 23, 2013

Seven new degrees and certifications aim to help students stay ahead of the curve as U.S.
Department of Labor projects growing need for workforce with college degrees


DAVENPORT, Iowa – August 23, 2013 – Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced the addition of several new degree programs to its School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Business.

“The new degree offerings are designed to prepare students to respond to ever-changing industry trends by earning the degrees, specializations and certificates necessary to meet employers’ demands in a diverse and global economy,” said Kaplan University President Wade Dyke. “In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Outlook for the 2010 – 2020 decade provided clear evidence that more occupations will require higher education. Kaplan University is offering these new degrees and certificates to help our students succeed in all levels of their careers.”
With 41% growth expected for Computer and Information Systems Managers and Computer Systems Analysts professions within the health care industry by the end of this decade, Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences has added the following programs to ensure students gain the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in this field:
  • Master of Health Informatics:
    Kaplan University’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Health Informatics helps prepare students to utilize information technology and information management concepts to improve the efficiency and quality of health care services. The program includes graduate level courses on public policy, laws, and legal issues, clinical taxonomies, data analysis, analytics and optimization, project management, organizational development, leadership, innovation, and research.
  • Master of Health Information Management:
    The Master of Health Information Management program uses an interprofessional education for collaboration framework combined with an understanding of interrelations within and across global health information management markets. The program includes graduate level courses on global health information systems, epidemiology, quality indicators, privacy, and decision support and outcome analysis.
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate:
    Students earning this certificate will be prepared with knowledge and technical skills to pursue an entry-level position as a coding and billing specialist in a healthcare system, medical clinic and/or physician’s office.
Already a leader in psychology offerings that help develop the professionals and leaders in this field, Kaplan University’s School of Arts and Sciences has added new programs in keeping with the growing focus on early childhood autism and workforce mental health:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Post-baccalaureate Certificate:
    As the number of autism and related disorder diagnoses continues to climb, with the U.S. Centers For Disease Control reporting in 2012 about a 25 percent overall increase since the last analysis in 2006, the demand on professionals with the proper knowledge to effectively serve these children is also increasing. The new certificate program is designed specifically for early childhood professionals working with and supporting young autistic children, including teachers, health professionals and social service workers. Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to better help and become more sensitive to the nuances of assisting ASD children and their families.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Degrees:
    This specialization is designed to teach students how to apply research and knowledge to improve the well-being and performance of employees and their employers, including support in employee selection and development, understanding and applying job motivation initiatives and helping companies and their workforce through organizational change.
    Degrees available:
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Industrial/Organizational Psychology Emphasis Area
    • Master of Science in Psychology with Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
    • Graduate Certificate
In keeping with economic trends and the demand for investment professionals driven by the growth of aging population, Kaplan University’s School of Business has added the following program specializations:
  • Investment CFA, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:
    Strong growth is projected for careers in personal financial advising for the next few years as Baby Boomers approach retirement and seeks help getting there. Couple that with the fact that the average financial advisor (FA) is 50 years old, and there is a major career opportunity for young graduates and professionals. This career focus area is designed to expose students to concepts and methods used in portfolio management and securities analysis. Students will learn the importance of analyzing trends in capital markets and the global economy as well as how legislation, regulations, and principles of practices impact decisions made in the securities industry.
  • Entrepreneurship Specialization, Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration:
    As entrepreneurship continues to aid in our nation’s economic recovery and serve a key role in job creation, this specialization is designed to prepare students for a successful career in this area by offering an online program with the essential tools needed to start or expand a business.
For more information on these new offerings from Kaplan University, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu .
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (http://www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 62,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu .

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