Averett and VCOM collaborate on new master's degree program

(WDBJ)
Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 7:22 PM EST
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Averett University and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine are collaborating on a new program. And leaders of both schools say it could help hospitals across the country deliver high quality and affordable care.

"I promise you, you've got one sensational, positive, helpful, multi-faceted asset for Averett, for VCOM and for all of health care. Can you tell I'm excited," said Averett University President Tiffany Franks.

Averett will offer a new master's degree with VCOM's help. The program, Applied Healthcare Data Analytics, is a new field of study that can help hospitals evaluate health information, make better decisions and improve patient outcomes.

A natural extension of the master's in applied data analytics the Danville university launched in the fall of 2018, Franks said it will help healthcare providers and give graduates more opportunities.

The agreement that Franks and VCOM President Dixie Tooke-Rawlins signed Friday morning won't bring additional students to either campus. It's an online program that will reach working professionals across the country.

"Having someone that can look at the data in your hospital, from the business perspective as well as the patient outcomes, and putting that together will just be such an asset to any hospital CEO," Tooke-Rawlins told WDBJ7.

Averett will begin offering the online program in January 2020, and school leaders anticipate strong demand. The school hasn't started advertising the new program yet, but says it already has almost a dozen applicants.