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Growing major at Concordia University combines health care and business

Posted: 7:48 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 20:49:00-04
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Concordia University is seeing so many students choose a major combining health care and business they built a state-of-the-art building to capitalize on the trend. Students are excited to get their hands on the new space.

"Honestly, it's phenomenal," said Katie Sanborn.

Sanborn is an undergrad in the health care administration program. In the last three years, Concordia saw enrollment in its master's program double. This building isn't just for students in health care administration.

"It's kind of a different model that doesn't exist," said Erik Hollander, an assistant professor of business.

Hollander, also the director of the health care administration program, said the building is designed for students to learn from each other.

"It's the merging and collision of health and business. It's awesome," said Hollander.

Students studying speech language pathology and other health science majors will work alongside students studying business. The clinic plays a crucial role. Hollander said the space gives them the opportunity to bring in more majors over time including social work and nursing.

"It's a unique situation, I think, for students to come into a pivotal time I would say in our nation's history in the health care, but also the business side," said Hollander.

"It's the merging and collision of health and business. It's awesome." — Erik Hollander, assistant professor at Concordia

Students hope what they learn from the collaboration sets them apart when it comes to finding a job.

"Kind of getting like a first hand of everything like before I even go out and get an internship I'm kind of overseeing how everything works," said Sanborn.

The new building also houses a forensic science lab, a mock courtroom and a test kitchen.