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Jax Daily Record Monday, Apr. 19, 202112:50 PM EST

UNF, JU offering new graduate degree programs

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Opportunities are available for students seeking careers in business analytics and medical sciences.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

The University of North Florida Coggin College of Business is offering a new Master of Science in Business Analytics program beginning this fall.

The curriculum will enable future business leaders to use data to influence decision-making and drive business innovation, according to a news release from the university.

Graduates of the program will be trained to drive better business results by transforming data into a strategic asset.

“Every business can profit from an analytical understanding of how to maximize success and solve other business concerns. This essential business and data science training will help our students to thrive with high-demand skills that open up incredible career opportunities,” said Lakshmi Goel, UNF Coggin Graduate and Executive Programs associate dean, in the release.

The MSBA program is a 30-credit hour, 10 course, STEM-designated program that allows for flexibility as students can complete the degree while attending full- or part-time to allow for the work and life demands of career professionals.

Visit here to attend the virtual MSBA information session at 12:30 p.m. April 21. 

New JU medical degree program

Jacksonville University has a new, one-year Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree designed for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in health care. 

The program, in partnership with Tiber Health, offers a path to medical school and other professional programs like pharmacy, optometry and physician’s assistant in response to two concerning trends in U.S. health care: The growing doctor shortage and a medical profession that does not reflect the diverse population.

“When you consider that nearly 82 million Americans live in areas that don’t have enough primary healthcare professionals, and, on average, only about 7 percent of people who apply to a medical school are accepted each year, it’s clear that we need new solutions for talented students who want to pursue medical careers. As an industry, higher education can do more to improve access to healthcare education for deserving students and ensure healthcare professionals better reflect the communities they serve,” said JU President Tim Cost in a news release.

For students who are academically promising but underprepared, the MSMS program provides additional academic training ahead of medical school or other health care programs, helping to advance equitable access to quality health care education and, in turn, careers in the medical field. 

More than 83% of the MSMS student body across all Tiber partner universities come from underrepresented backgrounds.

The program also offers an opportunity for bilingual students who speak Spanish and English through a collaboration with Ponce Health Sciences University. It promises the top 20% of JU’s MSMS graduates an entry interview for Ponce’s medical school in Puerto Rico.

Visit here for details about the program.

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