The University of Lynchburg has launched the Master of Health Benefits Design, the first master’s degree program of its kind in the nation. The one-year, online program gives human resources professionals the expertise necessary to improve the quality of health care available to employees, while also helping reduce employer and employee health care costs.
“There’s a need for cohesive education that shows corporations and benefits advisors how to tie together value-based approaches to health care that provide higher quality health care at significantly lower costs,” program director Dr. Tom Scott said. “Health care is expensive and unnecessarily complex. This program not only makes health care understandable, but it shows the way to lower costs and better outcomes.”
The first cohort starts classes in March. The program is aimed at health benefit advisors, HR professionals, and financial professionals looking to expand their knowledge and advance their careers. The 30-to-33-credit-hour program has two available tracks: Benefit Advisor and Benefit Administrator/HR.
Students on the Benefit Advisor track will develop a complete, integrated health plan design for a real corporation, and then present the overall plan to human resources executives and clients. The Benefit Administrator/HR track focuses on evaluating requests for proposal from potential benefit advisors and learning to present and provide justification to stakeholders.
Students also will learn from nationally known industry experts with virtual lectures by Tom Emerick, CEO of Edison Healthcare; Dave Chase, creator and cofounder of Health Rosetta; Al Lewis, CEO of Quizzify; and others.
The Master of Health Benefits Design joins two other University of Lynchburg graduate programs in health sciences that are available online. The Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medical Science each combine online instruction with experiential components to prepare individuals for leadership roles in health systems. The MPH degree also is available on campus, as are the Master of Physician Assistant Medicine and Doctor of Physical Therapy.