ASU creates new health school to improve health care efficiency

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The College of Health Solutions created the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery to teach students to students come up with new ways to solve health care issues and improve efficiency. (Chloe Brooks/DD)

he College of Health Solutions created the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery to teach students to students come up with new ways to solve health care issues and improve efficiency. (Chloe Brooks/DD)

Intended to combat the current issues in the health care industry related to policy, processes and procedures, the College of Health Solutions has created the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, said William Riley, the director of the school.

The new school’s first degree program will begin this fall, a Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery, Riley said, and that the program prepares working professionals to deal with the “broken” health care system and how to better interact with patients.

The program will teach medical professionals how to analyze the current problems in the health care industry and discover and implement new solutions to create consistency, which will lead to efficiency in health care, Riley said.

The program is meant to show students how to best apply their skills in various areas of the health care industry, Riley said. He added that the program is “cutting edge,” but that pieces of this curriculum can be found at other universities.

Melissa Wenzel, a spokesperson for the school, said it is unique, because leaders in the health care industry are leading it so it is “health focused.”

The program is expected to start in the fall with 25 to 30 students, Wenzel said, but there are plans to expand the school, which would certainly have a positive impact on the Downtown campus, she said.

Riley said some of those expansion plans include an executive program for working professionals and an undergraduate program for the fall of 2014.

Mayo Clinic and ASU, which have a history of collaborating on projects together, developed the concept behind the master’s program, Riley said.

From this collaboration, students who enroll in the Mayo Medical School when it opens in Scottsdale will also earn a master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery from ASU as a part of their studies, he said.

An official opening date for Mayo Medical School has yet to be announced.

According to Alison Essary, director of student affairs and associate professor for the school, graduates will be prepared to serve as “change agents” in the health care industry, promoting innovation in different areas of the industry.

The program is nine months long and requires 30 credit hours in courses involving the science of health, systems design and leadership, she said.

Nutrition senior Megan Cautivar said that she’s learned through her own schooling that there is a need for more doctor’s to have a greater knowledge about the general medical care industry.

The Science of Health Care Delivery program is definitely good for doctors to take, she said.

Contact the reporter at brandi.porter@asu.edu