Medical school to offer correctional health administration degree program

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will offer an online Master of Science in Health Science course for the first time this fall.

The correctional health administration program will teach graduates about incarcerated individuals’ health care needs and how to lead health care teams that serve U.S. jails and prisons, according to a medical school release Thursday. Newton Kendig, a clinical professor of medicine, will serve as director of the program, the release states.

Students can enroll in either a two-year master’s program or a one-year graduate certificate program and will take classes like Correctional Health Care for Special Populations or Correctional Health Care Fiscal Management, according to the release.

“Serving patients in a correctional facility comes with a unique set of challenges,” Kendig said in the release. “Our program was carefully designed to create health care leaders who know how to meet the needs of diverse patients while balancing a budget and managing a team of correctional health care professionals.”

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