Golden Gate University Responds to Obama Initiatives with Enriched Health Care Industry MBA offerings and Online Courses for Non-Profit Transitioning

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Propelled by the Obama administration's initiatives and call to action, Golden Gate University poises for a new era of business in 2010. MBA concentrations and personal enrichment courses reflect trends of projected growth and development for the new economy.

Our graduates will have the skills to understand current hot-button issues as well as longer-term management and business issues.

Amidst the current health care debate and federal funding appropriations, Golden Gate University has announced curriculum concentrations for business students and health care professionals seeking leverage in a new economy, and a new marketplace.

Beginning January 2010, Golden Gate University will offer more options for health care industry education with both a Management of Health Care Information Technology Systems concentration within the MSITM (Master of Science in Information Technology Management) degree, as well as a certificate. These offerings complement the current Health Systems Management concentration and certificate in the traditional MBA program HSM certificate.

In addition, Golden Gate University will also offer a Non-Profit Immersion Program; an online only, non-credit program geared specifically towards business-savvy adults seeking to transition into the non-profit sector, which is projected to greatly expand over the next several years. By addressing these burgeoning directives by the Obama administration and the movement toward digitized and integrated information systems in health care, Golden Gate University seeks to meet the needs of today's working adults in arenas where growth is occurring.

The health care systems offerings are aimed at working professionals in the field who are interested in acquiring or updating the IT skills needed to flourish. Applicable across the spectrum, from large-scale institutions to small business health care providers, there is a need for health care professionals to remain current with hot-topic issues, such as the required implementation of International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) and Electronic Health Records (EHR), which calls for an IT-centric management of patient records. "The tenor of the entire health care debate is shaped by the need to take the proverbial 'fat out of the system' and pare costs," says Bob Fulkerth, Chair, Operations and Information Technology Management at Golden Gate University. "Our graduates will have the skills to understand current hot-button issues as well as longer-term management and business issues."

With an unprecedented 77 million baby-boomers on the cusp of retirement and a large percentage intending to work past retirement age, Obama's call to action for public service paired with federal funding dollars have opened a door of opportunity for adults seeking to enrich their lives through positions in non-profit organizations, which have a business culture all their own. AmeriCorps and Peace Corps slots are expected to expand, in addition to new service opportunities for working adults and retirees. Golden Gate University will make the Non-Profit Immersion Program available as an online, non-credit offering so that it can be accessed by students anywhere, anytime.

"As a business school, we offer a compelling perspective to foster the best practices of the private sector in order to encourage innovation and forward-thinking in the non-profit world," says Dan Angel, President of Golden Gate University. Marvin Weinbaum, Dean of GGU's CyberCampus and Administrator for the Non-Profit Immersion Program adds, "We have constructed a program that will provide the participant a well developed, clearly articulated path into a new and rewarding career within this fast growing, highly satisfying sector of the economy."

Additional details on the health care and non-profit programs will be made available on GGU's website coming months. For more information, visit http://www.GGU.edu or call the admissions office at (415) 442-7800 or toll free at 1-800-GGU-4YOU.

About Golden Gate University
Golden Gate University offers quality educational programs designed to meet the needs of working adults, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, taxation, technology and law. Day, evening and weekend courses are available year-round at the San Francisco location and at other teaching sites in Silicon Valley, Seattle and Los Angeles as well as online through the University's award winning CyberCampus.

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