Dixie State University adds population health, recreation and sport management degreesThe Utah State Board of Regents has approved two new Dixie State University baccalaureate degrees in population health and in recreation and sport management.

The population health program will offer emphases in both health care administration and public health. As a whole, the degree focuses on the health outcomes of groups of individuals and how those outcomes are distributed within those groups. Students will take a core of courses that will help them develop a greater understanding of the breadth of population health in the U.S. Dixie Regional Medical Center will partner in the program, and students will also interact with DSU’s Health and Counseling Center.

“This program is the first of its kind in Utah and is aligned with emerging national trends in population health management,” said Dr. Michael Lacourse, DSU provost and vice president of academic affairs. “It will prepare students for careers in healthcare administration and public health, using powerful population health management principles and practices as the foundation.”

DSU’s recreation and sport management program aims to prepare students for careers in the recreation, sport, fitness, and tourism industries. The new degree will provide emphases in sport management, corporate recreation and wellness, and experience industry management. The need for educated professionals in these career areas continues to increase on a large scale, but is even more in demand in recreational communities like St. George.

“The program is experiential by nature of the industry, and St. George is the perfect destination for it,” said Dr. Joseph Lovell, assistant professor of recreation management. “We hope to capitalize on this as we seek opportunities for our students to partner with private, public and nonprofit organizations through class projects as well as the capstone 400-hour internship required of all student majors. It will be a win-win for our students and the community.”

Enrollment in both degrees will open this fall.

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