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New Health-Related Grad School Programs

Many potential graduate school applicants have embraced the idea of applying to brand new graduate school programs at top schools across the country, as we’ve heard from many interested in some of the new graduate programs we posted about recently.

Inquiries for health-related graduate school admissions guidance are flowing in and we are here for you. You’re observing (and living through) COVID’s impact on our world and you want to study it deeper, you want to help, and you want to work on solutions. We commend you!

As Forbes recently reported, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the establishment of an $80 million Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program (PHIT Workforce Program) to boost U.S. public health informatics and data science. That’s a lot of money and people to train, but it’s a worthy and needed effort given our world today. 

Many top universities have responded to this COVID-era call to action with the creation of some new medical-related graduate school programs. If you’re considering graduate school, check out these brand new grad programs that we think are worth a closer look.

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1.) New York University’s M.S. in Clinical Research Nursing

As NYU notes, the new master’s program will prepare nurses to administer research interventions, evaluate patients’ responses to novel therapies and integrate evidence-based practice into nursing practice, and evaluate patient outcomes. Students will also learn about research project management, including patient recruitment and retention, as well as finances. Key word in that degree title: research. It’s a pretty great place to research too since you’ll have access to NYU Langone Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and more. The program can be done in 1-year full time or 2 years part time and they even have an early action round in admissions.

2.) University of California, Los Angeles’ Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration

Housed at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, this new graduate degree has launched as an online program to “meet the growing need for health care management specialists by developing students’ skills in finance, strategic marketing, quantitative problem solving and analytics.” Their first class starts this summer.

3.) University of Texas-Houston’s Doctor of Nursing Program

This program is a practice doctorate that will prepare family nurse practitioners (FNP) and nurse executives to “address the shortages of primary care providers, nursing educators and leaders in a complex health care environment.” It’s a part-time post-Masters doctoral degree program in nursing with 37-42 semester credit hours beyond the Master’s degree in nursing. 

4.) Purdue University’s Online Master of Health Administration

This program is short, flexible and asynchronous. It is designed to help you get a Masters while you work, and it’s a 40-credit hour program with 15-20 hours of work experience needed per week. The program has a focus on health administration-related skills, methods and tools to ensure cost-effective quality care and patient safety.

5.) Yale School of Public Health’s Online Executive Master’s in Public Health (MPH)

This two-year program is online, with the exception of 3 five-day in-person intensives led by the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative. There are four specializations to choose from (up to two): health informatics, environmental health sciences, applied analytical methods and epidemiology.


Public health needs are growing, the need for nurses and doctors is increasingly pressing and top colleges and universities are taking note. Recent data indicate that by the start of 2022, there will be more registered nurse jobs available than any other profession, at more than 100,000 per year. That’s more than computer science, more than data analytics, more than business and entrepreneurship, however flashy to graduate school applicants those fields may be.

Financial aid, merit fellowships and federal grants are on an upswing to help cover those who may be on the fence about applying.  For example, the $10,000 Winston Health Policy Fellowship. Did you know we can help with the personal statement needed for that application too? There’s a global push for more healthcare workers and healthcare training –we’d love to help you pick your graduate school program and plan your next steps!

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