With each innovation in medical technology comes the opportunity to live a longer, healthier and happier life. For many reasons, the dramatic increase in life expectancy in the past 100 years has been heralded as one of modern society’s greatest achievements. This longevity comes with its own set of challenges, however, as the healthcare industry tries to cope with an unprecedented growth in population and in the abundance of medical resources now available to the general population. Caring for individuals of varied ages, preventing prescription drug abuse and meeting the need for a highly skilled workforce all rank high on a list of concerns for the new healthcare environment. With this in mind, PACS is proud to answer the call with programs in Lifespan Care Administration, Prevention Scienceand Human and Health Services Administration.
Prevention Science (MPS)
Substance abuse issues impact families and communities worldwide, and the need for professional, ethical prevention specialists continues to increase. The Master of Prevention Science (MPS) degree developed amid emerging concerns about healthcare and health-related issues and coincided with a shift in practical thinking about the treatment of persons impacted by drug, alcohol or other addictions. Increasingly, the focus is now on preventing substance abuse before it happens rather than treating addiction after it has already become a problem.
The MPS degree program, approved in 2009, helps students develop the skills and knowledge to eliminate addiction and prepares them to pursue the prestigious International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium’s Certified Prevention Specialist (IC & RC CPS) credential. The academic program is based on the various subject areas tested for the CPS credential, so students may earn an academic degree even while they are studying for the exam.
The core area of study for the MPS focuses on substance abuse. Other important areas include HIV prevention, obesity prevention and suicide prevention. The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge, professionalism and effectiveness of individuals currently working in prevention science and those preparing for a career in the field of proactively fighting addiction.
Lifespan Care Administration (B.A.)
PACS began enrollment for the Bachelor of Arts in Lifespan Care Administration program (LCA) in spring 2014, seeking to offer a comprehensive education for caregiving occupations. A degree born out of emerging societal needs, the LCA program emphasizes caregiving best practices across the lifespan, preparing graduates to provide quality care to all age groups in a variety of environments.
Today, specialized healthcare roles span all stages of life, and specialists are needed in the fields of pediatrics, adolescence, disability and geriatrics. While completing their bachelor’s degree in Lifespan Care Administration, students become familiar with the theoretical, ethical and legal issues related to caregiving as they acquire the essential knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in these developing career areas. Further, the program can be customized to students’ individual healthcare interests, allowing them to quickly gain knowledge they can apply to their unique responsibilities and goals across the range of human development.
Human and Health Services Administration (M.A.)
In the fields of human and health services, understanding how an organization can administratively meet the demands of its constituents is more important than ever. The Master of Arts in Human and Health Services Administration (HHSA) provides a broad-based perspective of human service and healthcare delivery systems with an emphasis on professional advancement. This degree is meant for students with prior training or work history in these areas and is not intended to be primary preparation for job entry.
The HHSA graduate degree program teaches students about the theoretical foundations, ethical dilemmas and current issues of the human and health services fields, allowing them to use and expand upon their current knowledge of the areas in which they work. With courses that combine tested human and healthcare service theory with real-world strategic practice, students learn to approach new ideas, projects and challenges from multiple perspectives. Students leave the program prepared for advancement in their field and ready to meet the challenges of the changing human services and healthcare environments.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 Employment Projections Summary, healthcare occupations and industries are expected both to have the fastest employment growth and to add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024. In addition, healthcare support occupations are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupational groups for the upcoming decade.