UL Lafayette Launches Online Graduate Certificate in Population Health Program


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has launched a graduate certificate program for healthcare professionals who wish to specialize in a growing and high-demand field that uses data analytics to improve health outcomes. specific groups of people.

The deadline to apply for the UL Lafayette Graduate Certificate in Population Health, the state’s first such program, is February 4. College of Nursing and Paramedical ProfessionsThe 12 credit hour online program will begin on March 14. Students accepted into the six-month program will register as a cohort.

Population health is an interdisciplinary branch of health information management. It’s about consolidating patient data in a centralized location. The information “is used to understand health trends among people of a particular region, race, ethnicity, age group, gender – essentially any group that shares similar concerns. similar circumstances or conditions, ”explained Dr. Anita Hazelwood.

Hazelwood runs the college Department of Paramedical Health, which houses the new program. She is also a Health information management professor. “Individual patient care will always be a major concern; but technology allows healthcare providers and government officials to make broader decisions, and the big picture is invaluable when it comes to quality of care issues, ”Hazelwood said.

The Graduate Certificate in Population Health is designed for a range of professionals. They include clinicians, administrators, health information managers, quality improvement experts, information technology specialists, analysts and risk managers.

Students will take six-month online courses in three consecutive accelerated sessions – an eight-week session in the spring semester, a three-week summer intercession, and an eight-week summer session.

“The online format makes it possible to take lessons from anywhere, which is a big plus for many students, especially those trying to balance their work and family obligations,” said Dr Claire Arabia, director of the Distance learning office.

The new program is for students who have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree in nursing, allied health, computer science, business and other disciplines, said Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser, Dean. of the High school.

“The Graduate Certificate in Population Health will expand the University’s graduate study offerings in fields related to health sciences, providing another option for our students who wish to compete in high demand fields.” said Farmer-Kaiser.

The employment of managers in medical and health services – an occupational category of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes population health analysts – is expected to increase by 32% between 2019 and 2029.

The growth projections “are driven by many factors, including technological advancements, socio-economic and epidemiological trends, and changes in health care delivery,” Farmer-Kaiser explained.

Health care providers and policy makers increasingly rely on the health of the population to address health care disparities and improve services. This is especially true among socio-economic groups who lack the resources for adequate medical care and in rural areas where health facilities often do not exist, Hazelwood said.

“The data-driven approach takes the guesswork out of a healthcare company, for example, when determining where to establish a cardiology or diabetes care clinic. It also informs decision-makers who allocate state or federal resources to health care programs and facilities, ”she explained.

The health of the population is also invaluable to “the officials charged with reporting communicable disease data, the people whose job it is to anticipate – and minimize – infectious disease outbreaks,” added Hazelwood.

Learn more about the program and how to apply.

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