Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences to offer two new certificates


Monday, March 8, 2021 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been approved by the Board of Regents to begin offering two new certificates within the college.
Beginning this fall, students can start taking classes toward earning certificates in Population Health Management and Digital Health Management.
     “As a result of COVID-19, healthcare has demonstrated that it can innovate new delivery systems, such as telehealth, virtual care and home monitoring, technology, and population health,” said Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth. “These certificates help prepare adults to be workforce ready and respond to these rapidly evolving delivery systems.”
     Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ralph Wood said population health management has emerged as an important strategy for health care providers and payers.
     “The Undergraduate certificate in population health management was developed to provide adult learners with job skills and knowledge that are in demand in today’s workforce,” he said. “The program is industry based, employer driven and was created to help fill the gaps in the current workforce talent pipeline. Certificate holders will be able to demonstrate needed labor skills supporting a growing health care industry.”
     The certificate prepares adults to enhance skills to improve health within and across populations, Wood explained. Potential employment includes mid-level work settings, hospitals, health care clinics, consulting companies, government health services, insurance providers, community facilities, and not-for-profit, as well as managed care organizations.
     The certificate requires 21 hours and includes course work in population health, chronic human disease states, health informatics, social determinants of health and health disparities, health coaching and behavior change, data management, and practical experience in interprofessional education and practice.
     The Certificate in Digital Health Management is relevant for those seeking a degree or those who wish to enhance existing educational experience in digital health management, Wood said.
     “The purpose of this certificate,” he said, “is to prepare adult learners for careers in healthcare with high demand knowledge and job skills related to electronic/personal health records, telehealth and remote patient monitoring technology, telecare, telemedicine, patient self-monitoring, ambient assisted living, and smart systems incorporating both on demand and scheduled telehealth visits in to daily clinical workflows, data management and analysis, and health informatics.”
     The certificate requires 18 credit hours and includes course work in technology, chronic disease management, data analytics, health informatics, and project management.
     For more information, contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at 985-549-3772 or

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