Capital BlueCross, Harrisburg University partner to offer internships for health care analytics majors
New degree program focuses on analyzing data to predict health outcomes, improve a person’s wellness
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 14, 2012) – Capital BlueCross and Harrisburg University are partnering to provide internships to students majoring in health care analytics, a rapidly-growing field throughout the health insurance industry. Health care analytics is the use of data, such as electronic health records, to monitor trends of past behavior, predict future outcomes and help make preemptive medical decisions to improve a person’s wellness.
Harrisburg University’s new health care analytics degree program will help to produce more college graduates who are job-ready in this field. This benefit will be driven by the industry experience and professional mentorship the students will receive through a structured series of internships at Capital BlueCross, along with an intensive and very focused curriculum offered by Harrisburg University.
Harrisburg University is offering graduate and undergraduate health care analytics degrees for the first time beginning in the spring of 2013. Students selected for the initial term of the paid internship program will begin their work at Capital BlueCross in the summer of 2013. Students who complete one of these degree programs and the internship requirements will be considered by Capital BlueCross for employment in health care analytics for any open positions that are available following their graduation.
“Students are drawn to Harrisburg University because of our commitment to a hands-on education,” said Dr. Eric Darr, interim president. “Our partnership with Capital BlueCross allows students to have multiple significant professional experiences that perfectly complement their classroom work. Internships at Capital BlueCross give students the opportunity to develop specialized skills that are highly marketable.”
“Health care analytics is a critical core competency of how we do business today and is an essential element to our products and services for both employer groups and providers,” said Mark Caron, Capital BlueCross senior vice president & chief information officer. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with students from Harrisburg University, help shape their career path in this field, and apply their talent to bring even more value to our customers. We believe our partnership with Harrisburg University will open doors for the students in the program as well as help us drive improved outcomes for customers through the use of analytics.”
Students interested in health care analytics as a major can find more information about the internships.
About Harrisburg University
Founded in 2001 to address central Pennsylvania's need for increased opportunities leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University offers five bachelor of science degree programs and three graduate degree programs and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information on the university's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call (717) 901-5146 or email, Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.
About Capital BlueCross
Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to residents in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for groups and individuals at competitive prices. By establishing a culture of caring, Capital BlueCross constantly strives to do more in order to deliver more for the men, women and children who depend on the company for their health insurance. The company continues to evolve in order to meet the individual needs of its customers, most recently by entering the retail market and building its first store in the Lehigh Valley called Capital Blue.
Capital BlueCross has been providing medical value to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs over 1,800 people in the region. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.