The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved two new UMass Dartmouth bachelor’s degrees, one in Health and Society and another in Public Administration. Student enrollments are being accepted for fall 2018.
These new programs are designed to prepare students for employment in the complex health care industry and the challenging public sector. Building on academic and research strengths, faculty of the departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, and Psychology worked together to envision and develop these new degrees.
The Health and Society program will train students to become innovative practitioners in a wide range of growing health care fields, from hospital administration to policy analysis. The Public Administration program will offer a Bachelor of Science option that will train students for positions with an internal focus on management and analysis, and a Bachelor of Arts option that will train students for jobs requiring more interaction with the public. Both programs will produce graduates who understand the nature of politics and policy-making, who are competent economic and fiscal analysts, and who are effective at communicating their work to a broad audience.