A Providence Business News article by Reporter Nancy Lavin features the new School of Health and Behavioral Sciences speaking to experts about how the new school will “serve the growing and unmet need for workers who understand both the science and business of the technology-dependent industry.”
The School of Health and Behavioral Sciences is a key component of Bryant’s Vision 2030 strategic plan, addressing the growing demand for healthcare professionals by building on core strengths in business and leadership skills, data analytics and quantitative skills, and cognitive and psychological skills.
Prof. Kirsten Hokeness, Chair of the Biology Department and Director of Bryant’s School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, told PBN that “it’s increasingly more apparent when you talk to industry professionals that the folks on the business side don’t understand the complexities of things [such as] health care providers and patients, and vice versa.”
“We really see the value in educating both business professionals and those in health and behavioral sciences about how these fields work together.”
Brad Crough, analytics director for Brown Physicians Inc., says finding professionals like the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences looks to educate “is extraordinarily difficult.”
“Finding someone already equipped to take on the health and data parts of the job doesn’t seem likely – training programs that combine the two disciplines don’t (previously) exist,” he said.