50 Voices of the Future: Ed Abeyta on preparing students for success in college and beyond

edabeyta50voiceIn honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

As the job market changes, so, too, must education. The impact of technology has an immense impact not only on our everyday lives but on learning and teaching as well. Innovation is pushing the idea of personalized education in order to support students’ individual talents and abilities. It’s a concept Ed Abeyta has supported for many years. As the assistant dean for community engagement and director of pre-collegiate programs at UC San Diego Extension, Abeyta has worked to provide students opportunities to prepare themselves for success in college – and beyond.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

Never before has it been so important to inspire the next generation to prepare for jobs that don’t yet exist in the workforce. We used to ask children what they want to be when they grow up, but today we should be asking them what big problem they wish to solve and how we can provide the tools they will need to solve it. My work seeks to implement sustainable approaches to connect UC San Diego resources to the community we serve. Some examples include test preparation, STEAM, short for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, educational programs, lower division college courses, parent college preparation workshops and much more.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

More than ever, we are learning that each student has unique talents and abilities. Our job as educators is to unlock the genius in each student through assessment tools, like the Strengths Finder, which helps identify specific talents and skills. A funny thing happens when students learn about their own unique talents and then are able to connect those talents with a vision of what they’d like to do with their lives. Already San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten has taken the lead in making sure this approach is integrated into our local district. Our pre-college department has been a key partner in this effort by hosting training and development sessions for teachers and counselors.

 (3) What’s the next big thing?

So much effort has been put into providing Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students to elevate the level of their education. We believe there is an opportunity to provide more practical skills by offering students the ability to earn a professional or specialized certificate in emerging STEAM disciplines. This approach enables students to receive not only their diploma but also a certificate in an applied skill area. More than ever we need to provide transformational experiences for young adults to be inspired and create a sense of vision for their future.

 (4) How big an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

Our efforts are strategically disruptive in an attempt to explore new approaches to support our school districts and industry partners in our community. A number of years ago we added the arts to STEM, which has already made an impact on education not only here but throughout the country. This effort has shaped how our teachers approach education in the classroom via project-based learning. In addition, a strategic pre-college strategic approach to learning enables us to provide access to many talented young adults – regardless of their economic situation or background.

 (5) Hop into your time machine … what does the future look like for this field in 50 years? How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

Fifty years from now UC San Diego will continue to be the world command center and think tank for solving tomorrow’s problems and producing students who are not only intelligent but important members of our civic society.

To find out more about UC San Diego Extension’s pre-college programs, visit http://precollege.ucsd.edu/.

50 Voices of the Future: Dr. Kimberly Brouwer on tracking disease worldwide


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

Trying to reduce the spread of disease is an endeavor that can make a scientist pessimistic. There is always some new illness waiting to unleash itself on humanity. Dr. Kimberly Brouwer, a professor in the Epidemiology division of UC San Diego Family Medicine and Public Health and adjunct at UC San Diego Global Health, believes disease will remain a global problem for the foreseeable future. What’s encouraging, she says, is our ability to respond to these new threats far more rapidly than in the past. “With better surveillance and communications we can catch things much earlier than ever before,” she says. Decades from now, she predicts, we will be even more adept at mobilizing against whatever new diseases might pose the latest threat.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

There are always emerging infections we’re looking for. We’re looking for a better understanding of what causes disease and its transmission. Even for diseases that are well-known, epidemiology is very useful in that it can help you understand why certain people are more at-risk than others, why certain people are having a harder time accessing care or working under a certain treatment regimen than others. So it’s a very useful way to make informed decisions and provide the data that policy makers and health care providers need.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

It’s becoming more and more interdisciplinary. I started out focusing on infectious disease epidemiology and then I got additional training in spatial epidemiology, where I was incorporating geospatial calculations and techniques into my studies. Instead of just working with surveys to understand people, we’re mapping where they’re located. Sometimes we even follow them in real time with GPS. It gives you a much better idea of where diseases are clustered, where they might be heading in the future, and what neighborhood factors might affect transmission. This helps you better plan where services should be located. Now we’re often using both quantitative methods – surveying people, measuring biological markers – and also qualitative methods, where I get anthropologists involved as co-investigators. So we’re really taking advantage of multiple disciplines and trying to treat public-health problems in a new way than they have in the past.

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(3) What’s the next big thing?

We’re really running to catch up with technology and media trends. I feel like the marketing field tends to be ten years ahead of public health. For instance, they were doing geospatial calculations long before us to look at where to build the next Walmart. Now we’re finally applying this technology to where to build the next health center. They’re also doing social-media type advertising to get people to use their services and that is something that we in public health should also take advantage of. Maybe we can generate that type of popularity for beneficial behavioral changes or getting people more informed about public health issues. It’s a moving target, I’d say.

(4) How big an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

Hopefully it will play a big role. With climate change new disease vectors, such as different mosquitos, are entering the county. We also have a lot of population mobility, so you’re constantly facing the potential for new infections. These and other health changes are impacting many cities, although luckily people are getting more and more interested in the idea of prevention and better connecting people to services, from a public health but also from an economic perspective.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years?  How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

If you’d interviewed people in the 1950s, they likely would have predicted that most infectious diseases would be conquered 50 years in the future. But I think what we’ve learned in the past several decades is that infections adapt and mutate and there’s constant surprises arising. It really speaks to the need for constant surveillance and constant vigilance. Fifty years from now, it may not be HIV, it may not be malaria, but there will still be plenty of infections that we’ll be trying to solve and treat. I think one main difference is that the pace at which we develop responses to them will be much faster than in the past. For instance, with Zika they developed diagnostics and are looking into vaccine development much faster than they have for diseases in the past. I would imagine that aspect of infectious disease epidemiology will continue to improve into the future.

Dr. Kimberly Brouwer is a professor in the Epidemiology division of UC San Diego Family Medicine and Public Health and an adjunct at UC San Diego Global Health in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. She teaches Epidemiology II for the UC San Diego Extension Master’s degree program in Clinical Research.

50 Voices of the Future: Tim Mackey’s prescription for global health


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

From the rise of infectious diseases such as the Ebola and Zika virus to lack of access to safe and affordable medicines to bogus internet pharmacies selling dangerous counterfeit drugs, global public health systems are feeling the squeeze to implement better policies to protect their citizens.

Enter researcher Timothy Ken Mackey, who is working to ensure that global health goals are at the forefront of domestic and foreign policy decision making. Through his roles as associate director of UC San Diego’s Joint Masters Program in Health Policy and Law, assistant professor at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine and director of the Global Health Policy Institute, Mackey is helping to pave the future of healthcare by addressing important and under-served issues.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

As a child, I had the unique experience of growing up in multiple countries around the world, including the Philippines, Greece, Germany, Japan and the United States. In all those experiences I encountered people suffering from poor health conditions, poverty and lack of access to healthcare. From this experience, I chose to devote my future to the field of global public health because it is so complex, multidisciplinary and because it impacts the lives of everyone in society. My research deals with things that impact the poorest to the wealthiest populations, including the transnational criminal trade in counterfeit medicines, the political and policy impacts of infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola, and the proliferation of criminal activity related to health on the web. Surprisingly, many of these topics, and the populations they negatively impact, do not have a voice and solutions to address these problems are severely deficient. This is why I truly believe that my research in global health policy can have a clear and measured impact, and it’s the sole reason why I chose a life in academia.

(2) What are the exciting developments in your field, and why?

What is most exciting for me is bringing together diverse groups of researchers from different backgrounds (including public health, computer science, political science, law and policy) to solve complex problems in unique and innovative ways. This includes thinking of creative ways to bring different research methodologies together in order to truly understand an issue. For example, we had a research project funded by the American Cancer Society where we looked at the infiltration of fake cancer medications into U.S. clinics. We used a combination of statistics, geospatial analysis and legal assessment to understand who was at highest risk and what policy solutions are needed in order to protect cancer patients now and in the future.

(3) What’s the next big thing?

The next big thing in this field is leveraging the power of “big data” and other advanced computational methods to understand human health behavior. We are doing this in several projects specifically looking at the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse. We are data mining and analyzing millions of messages from social media channels using advanced computational methods, including the use of cloud-based computing and advanced machine learning. This type of research can provide new insights on who, why and how people abuse prescription drugs, and eventually lead to targeted interventions to save lives.

(4) How big of an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

Global health policy is all encompassing and impacts all aspects of our shared global society. San Diego is no exception, especially given our close proximity to the border and our role as a major international trading portal. As diseases become globalized in the 21st century due to interdependence in international travel, trade and movement of peoples, international cooperation between all countries becomes even more imperative. In essence, all countries are vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks, which now have the ability to jump on a plane and cross international borders in a manner of hours. This necessitates that global health goals are at the forefront of domestic and foreign policy decision making, something that we have tried to advocate for in our research in health diplomacy.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years?  How can individuals and companies prepare?

The future for global health is both troubling and filled with immense promise. Diseases no longer respect borders, and those of us who are devoted to the study of global health policy are constantly thinking of ways to improve international coordination and response to outbreaks, figure out the best way for global society to prioritize the plethora of global health issues that are becoming major impediments to human development, and designing policies that ensure that public health is a priority in political decision making. The rise of infectious diseases such as SARS, H1N1, H5N1 (avian flu), Ebola, and recently Zika, have put the spotlight on global health and have emphasized why this is perhaps our most important field of study in the next century.

If we invest sufficient resources in global health, we can continue to improve important human development indicators such as poverty alleviation, life expectancy, economic growth and activity. But if we de-prioritize global health, we have the potential to exacerbate the next global pandemic. As a collective global society, individuals can strive to be informed consumers of global health information, understanding the evidence-based risks of an interconnected health world while also practicing safe health behavior. For companies, civil society and other organizations, it is important to participate collaboratively in global health problem solving, with the goal of ensuring our shared interest in optimizing global health outcomes are achieved.

Learn more about our Global Health Policy Certificate and explore the variety of healthcare courses and programs we offer every quarter. In collaboration with the UC San Diego main campus, we also offer Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research, Health Policy and Law, and Leadership of Healthcare Organizations.

50 Voices of the Future: Chris Yanov on getting low income kids into college


In honor of UC San Diego Extension’s first 50 years, 50 Voices of the Future asks thought leaders about the trends, breakthroughs and social advances they foresee over the next 50 years.

Solving problems is a passion for Christopher Yanov. Whether it’s coming up with the correct answer for a puzzle on “Wheel of Fortune,” or figuring out how to get kids from tough neighborhoods into college, Yanov enjoys putting together the right pieces to create success. One of those successes is Reality Changers, a nonprofit program aimed at getting students from traditionally underserved communities ready for college. Yanov started Reality Changers in 2001, with the help of the $23,000 he won as a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” that same year.

(1) Why is the work you do important?

Reality Changers is headquartered in a locality where only three percent of adults have college diplomas. We believe that college changes everything, especially for low-income intercity youth. We do assemblies for middle school students with a 2.0 GPA and below. Our studies have shown that unless they join Reality Changers, none of those struggling male 8th graders will graduate from their local high school, and only 25 percent of the females will be able to graduate without us.

(2) What are the influential/exciting developments happening in your field now and why?

We started in 2001 with just $300. When May 2016 comes around, 15 years later, our graduates will have produced and secured over $100 million in college scholarships. It’s taken us 15 years to accomplish that feat, but we’re on track to replicate that again by 2020. We’re launching a model where schools, school districts and other nonprofits can come and learn our curriculum. As that begins to spread across California and the country, we believe we can help low-income intercity kids earn $100 million in scholarships every single year for every 30 schools they’re in.

(3) What’s the next big thing?

We’re taking the curriculum we have for our 12th graders, which helps them navigate through the college application process, and offering that out to essentially anybody who wants it, by the end of 2016. For us, the results are every 20 students that participate earn $1.7 million in college scholarships. That works out to about $88,000 dollars per student. We’re able to offer something that can make high school counselors and teachers more efficient and effective and helping low-income kids get to college.

(4) How big of an impact will your field play in shaping the future of the San Diego region and beyond?

For one thing, in certain areas of San Diego only 50 percent of students are graduating high school. To have all these voices who have never really had a place in San Diego’s society to finally be able to represent their families, their neighborhood, their backgrounds – it’ll really be amazing to have these voices play significant roles in San Diego’s ongoing conversation.

When you look that far into the future, I mean, who else but Reality Changer students are the best educated, best spoken, and the ones who care the most about their community? There’s a good chance that our graduates could take up a third of the City Council within a decade or two. Not that that will happen, I’m just saying that the percentages are in our favor.

(5) Hop into your time machine…what does the future look like for this field in 50 years? How can individuals/companies get prepared for what’s next?

Reality Changers focuses on the toughest and brightest youth living in the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. What happens is that by raising their grades from below a 2.0, to say a 3.5 and above, going to UC San Diego over the summer after 9th, 10th, and 11th grade for three weeks, taking college classes, believing and becoming convinced they can succeed at a college level – the sky’s the limit. In 50 years, I honestly haven’t looked that far into the future with the program and the students, but I can only imagine that the success that they’re experiencing at such a young age will be multiplied by the time they have their own resources and their own connections to make an impact on San Diego.

Learn more about Academic Connections and explore our other Pre-College programs such as Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego, SIO Games at Elementary Institute of Science, ThoughtSTEM (college prep credit in computer science), and Test Prep for the CT®, SAT®, GMAT®, GRE®, LSAT® and MCAT®.

You don’t have to be a practitioner to have a career in health care

Learn how you can put leadership skills to work in an exciting, rewarding and dynamic field

Case-Mgt---iStock_000014931615MediumNot since 1965 has there been a more significant overhaul of the American health care system. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act comes a reshaping of the industry. As a result of these major changes, new opportunities emerge — opportunities to contribute in a meaningful field that is expanding quickly.

“The demand for thoughtful, effective leaders continues to grow as the healthcare industry evolves in response to government reforms,” said Dan Gross, Executive VP for Hospital Operations, Sharp HealthCare. “The UC San Diego Healthcare Leadership Program offers unique opportunities to enhance personal leadership skills, explore cutting-edge strategies and tools, and network with other up-and-coming leaders.”

Watch industry experts discuss the latest trends in healthcare, identify the most promising fields, and learn how to pursue new career pathways.

  • Dan Gross, DNS, Executive VP for Hospital Operations, Sharp Healthcare
  • Donald Kearns, MD, MMM, President of Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Nick Macchione, MPH, MS, Director, Health & Human Services Agency, County of SD
  • Deizel Sarte, RN, BSN, MAS, Chief Operations Officer, North County Health Services

To learn more about this program, and discover how a career in healthcare could complement your strengths, visit lhco.ucsd.edu.

I’m looking for a job. What can UC San Diego Extension do for me?

iStock_000054380670_smaller“I just” — take your pick here — “a) graduated, b) got laid off, or c) decided to change careers and I’m done with taking classes.” I’ve heard this countless times as I’ve attended career fairs and community outreach events on behalf of UC San Diego Extension. “I’m here to find a job” is the refrain of the day.

Battle-weary after months of fruitless job searching, the San Diego job seekers who attend these fairs are more than ready to land those elusive jobs. Resumes in hand, professionally attired, confident smiles and firm handshakes ready to be deployed, they make the rounds at Recruiter Tables Row.

When they arrive at our table, they’re understandably stumped. “What is a major university’s continuing education division doing at a career fair? How can you help me get a job?” they wonder. I tell them that we’re the continuing education and public programs division of UC San Diego. That we’re here to help them with their professional goals. Or personal enrichment, for that matter. That we may not have actual job openings, but we can help them get a job.

Here’s how.

Become more hireable with real world know-how

Many recent college graduates find themselves in uncharted territory. The bioengineering degree that Brad Jensen is completing may not equip him with the nuts and bolts needed to hit the biotech ground running. Theoretical courses in college somehow don’t easily translate to practical applications, he finds out.

At UC San Diego, undergraduate students like Brad are able to register for an Extension professional program at no cost while they complete their college course work. The LAUNCH program allows them to supplement their bachelor’s degree with real-world knowledge taught by working professionals who practice what they teach and share their firsthand expertise.

When Brad graduates, he’ll also have a professional certificate in Biotechnology Project Management along with his diploma, which will boost his chances of getting hired.

Get a taste of what it’s really like with a “Next Step Experience”

Internships are, of course, a great way for both students and job seekers to gain hands-on, immersive experience. UC San Diego Extension offers an internship-like program through “Next Step Experience” courses. Practice over theory is emphasized — precisely why they are an essential component of many certificate programs, including Brewing, Fitness Instruction and Exercise Science, Business Management, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling. It’s a practical capstone that nicely tops off a practical education.

Fertile ground for networking

Most of Extension’s 31,627 students have a college degree and are working professionals. For students, this means amplified networking advantages that can be cultivated into valuable professional connections. It’s a well-known fact that most jobs are not advertised (up to 80% according to Howard Poplinger, owner of human-resource company Epic Development and Evaluation), with employers increasingly bypassing online job boards and opting instead to hire directly through their employee networks. It’s all about “who you know.”

Realign your strengths, acquire needed knowledge

When asked about the nature of the jobs they seek, our job hunters respond confidently: positions in Human Resources, Digital Content Marketing, Information Technologies, or Teaching English to non-native speakers. Well and good. The only wrinkle is that, more often than not, their work experience and skills don’t reflect the right knowledge to land their dream jobs. Their expectations and actual experience are not aligned. And most of the time, they weren’t even aware of it.

Andy Harris may have had a successful retail sales career for 15 years but that won’t make the case for the HR job he wants now. Similarly, Marla Ramos may have worked as a web designer for five years until she got laid off. But that won’t seal the deal for the digital content editor position she’s pursuing. There may be some qualifications Andy and Marla can readily bring to the table, but those won’t be enough. Andy will need to learn about strategies for hiring and retaining talent, while Marla will need to hone effective writing skills to complement her design background to be in the running for the job she wants.


Continuing education certificates and courses can bolster your strengths and help you acquire knowledge relevant to your new career. They’re tangible proof of what employers seek:

  • Commitment
  • Dexterity
  • Adaptability

And, yes — additional proof of your knowledge, the evidence employers want.

Access free career resources

At some point in your career — be it early, mid, transitional, or later stage — you may benefit from objective assessments of your strengths and weaknesses, along with professional guidance. UC San Diego Extension offers quarterly free clinics that can point you in the right direction so you can arrive at an optimal life/work balance. You may discover valuable, career-propelling insights that you may have missed on your own.

Move forward with lifelong learning

Innovation is a wonderful thing. But expect to continuously update your skills and knowledge to keep up with advancements and new technologies that will impact our global workplace. Expect to be nimble, to embrace new things. UC San Diego Extension’s goal is to be your lifelong learning resource and partner so you can continue on your path to career and personal growth.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how UC San Diego Extension can help. Next time you visit a career fair, you just may find that we have a table there. Please stop by and say hello. And let’s talk about the next steps that will lead you to that job. Or wherever you want to go.

Todd Gilmer: New director named for master’s health care program

Todd Gilmer

Todd Gilmer

Dr. Todd Gilmer has been appointed director of the master’s program for the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations, part of UC San Diego Extension.

Gilmer is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD School of Medicine, with a specialty in the areas of health insurance/risk management, diabetes and mental health services.

Among many credits, Dr. Gilmer currently serves as health economist for both UCSD’s Geriatric Psychiatry Research Center, and the Child and Adolescent Research Center at San Diego Children’s Hospital.

Launched in 2001, the Leadership Healthcare organization degree was the first Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Degree in the University of California system. The program provides industry professionals with critical knowledge and skills to become effective managers and leaders in today’s complex healthcare environment.

In his new role, Gilmer succeeds Richard Kronick.

A new site for Leadership of Healthcare Organizations

The Master’s degree program in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations has a sleek and contemporary new look for its website.

6-2-14 GRAPHIC, NEW SITE FOR MASTER'S PROGRAMThe site was revitalized by the firm of Bop Design of San Diego and Irvine, utilizing what’s known as “responsive design.”

Thus, the new site adjusts its “look and feel” to be easy to navigate and visually pleasing on any viewing platform, including desktops, tablets, and mobile devices of all kinds.

In addition to making it easier for visitors to learn about the program, the website offers a chat feature, and ready-access program consultation.

UC San Diego Extension staff leaders for the redesign were Jan Keane, Todd Everett, and Ron Roush. Bop Design team members included Emily Von Sydow, Danielle Hill, Kara Jensen, Jordan Paraso, and Jeremy Durant.

Launched in 2001, the Master’s degree program was the first Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree created for the UC University System. The program responds to the need to expand career potential and bring academic rigor to professionals in various health care fields.

Julius Lam selected for Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program


Julius Lam

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in The Leadership of Healthcare Organizations Graduate Julius Lam was recently selected by Blue Shield of California Foundation to participate in the seventh cohort of the Clinic leadership Institute’s (CLI) Emerging leaders program. The new class, made up of 29 professionals from community health centers across the state, will participate in an 18-month training program to advance their skills and ability to lead with California’s healthcare safety net. The program aims to prepare up-and-coming health professionals with the tools, networks, and guidance they need to not only advance their careers but expand and enhance the capacity and quality of care their health centers provide.

Launched in 2007, the emerging Leaders program engages participants in interactive and instructive activities focused on strategic thinking, financial management, health policy, and other essential leadership skills. Since the program’s inception, CLI has trained more than 130 emerging leaders. The program is administered by the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco.

1. What prompted you to apply for this Leadership Training program?
“Participating in Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Program (CLI) is a priceless opportunity. I believe the CLI program is truly the optimal setting for fostering the growth of future healthcare leaders. Additionally, as an early careerist, the CLI program provided the perfect opportunity for me to take the next step in advancing my career and personal development.”

2. What did you have to complete for the application process?
“The application process involves three phases. In phase one, candidates complete and submit an online application. In phase two, selected semi-finalists undergo in person interviews with alumni and advisors. In the final phase, finalists are then selected and notified. Approximately twenty-five applicants are selected to participate in the program each year.”

3. Over the 18 month training program is it full time or part time? How many days a week and how many hours? Where does this training take place? In one location, in multiple locations? (I noticed the people selected are from all over California.) Is each person assigned to a specific location? Do you come together as a group only some of the time?
“The CLI program is an 18 month part-time program. Participants come together throughout the year, in various cities in California, for seminars which focus on building leadership and management skills. Additionally, participants are expected to spend an average of three hours per week on further study and learning experiences. “

4. Please give me some detail about what you will be doing and learning throughout the program?
“The CLI programs curriculum is administered by the Center for the Health Professions at University of California San Francisco. The program focuses on core leadership competencies and skills are built in areas such as: decision-making, financial management, and strategic planning. Additionally, each participant is immersed in a variety of learning settings including: seminars, inter-sessions, role plays, simulations, organizational projects, psychometric tests, 360-degree and peer feedback, case studies, and executive coaching. The program is designed so that learning is continuous and new goals are set throughout the experience.”

5. I assume you get paid to participate?
“Participants of CLI are not paid. Blue Shield of California Foundation sponsors each participant of CLI. The sponsorship of Blue Shield of California Foundation covers all costs associated with participating in CLI including: meals, accommodations, transportation, airfare, and educational materials.”

6. What happens at the end of the fellowship?
“The goal of CLI is to build the next generation of safety net providers and leaders. At the end of the program, participants are expected to have gained the skills and expertise to accomplish this objective. Additionally, the new skills we gain from this program will enable us to make an even bigger positive impact on our organizations, our patients, and the communities we serve.”

—By Jan Keane, Marketing Manager for the MAS in The Leadership of Healthcare Organizations MAS Degree Program.

Degree program addresses health-care need for lawyers

In recent years, federal and state legislators have focused on public health care policy. As a result, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, health-insurance companies, and private public-interest firms need health law professionals to advocate on their behalf.

Legal and medical experts agree that health law is one of the fastest-growing areas of legal practice. Health care reform is just one of several reasons for growth in this sector. Additional reasons include more government regulation of health care, the rise of bioethical and biotechnology issues, tort reform related to malpractice, aging of the baby boomer generation, and the consequent growth of Medicare.

Government agencies at both the state and federal levels need health law professionals to develop program policies and to promulgate regulations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the leading federal agency that formulates health care policy and regulations.

Primary settings for practicing health care law are nonprofit advocacy and public-interest organizations, hospitals, health services corporations, health administration and regulatory government agencies, and public-interest firms. For example, one nonprofit advocacy organization is the National Health Law Project (NHLP), which works to improve health care for the impoverished, uninsured, unemployed, minorities, elderly, and disabled. Nonprofit corporations are mostly comprised of hospitals and community clinics.

Specialization in health law is facilitated by a master’s degree, abbreviated LL.M., awarded to lawyers after receiving their law degree. LL.M. Health Law programs usually require an additional year of study. Integration of medical-legal issues spans a wide range of career interests, such as health-care administration, program and policy development, public health, biomedical and biotechnical research, and the pharmaceutical industry.

California Western School of Law and UC San Diego have joined forces to create a health law master’s degree program, as part of the Institute of Health Law Studies. According to their website, “We encourage our students to take courses in law at California Western School of Law, other graduate courses such as those in the Department of Political Science and the School of Medicine at UCSD, and public health courses at San Diego State University.”

For more information visit ihls.org

Employment of all lawyers, not just those in health care, is expected to grow about 14 percent in the coming decade, primarily as a result of growth in the population and in the general level of business activities. Job growth among lawyers will also result from increasing demand for legal services in not just health care, but in such areas as intellectual property, venture capital, energy, elder, antitrust, and environmental law.