At 55, Meryl Moss, chief operating officer of Providence-based Coastal Medical, didn’t need another college degree.
Already armed with a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and an undergraduate economics degree from Boston University, the Westport resident opted to take Brown University’s executive master of health care leadership program, to enhance her role as a leader in the rapidly changing profession of health care. It’s one of two executive leadership programs now centered within Brown’s new School of Professional Studies.
Her capstone project, which will be complete when she graduates in December, is a redesign of processes at Coastal Medical to develop the “primary care practice of the future,” she said, “with the patient firmly in the center of that care.”
Those processes cover everything from answering the phones to making sure patients understand how to take their medications.
“For me, I felt if I was going to lead and be part of leading with our CEO, I needed more tools,” said Moss. “I also needed to understand what was happening in health care in a broader perspective. I wanted the context. I wanted more learning and to understand what was happening around the rest of the country.”
Launched May 15, the new School of Professional Studies is home to two programs for midcareer professionals that began earlier, and is expected to be home to several more, said Karen Sibley, the new school’s dean.
The 16-month, $82,000 health care leadership master’s began in August 2013. Also, a 15-month, $100,500 executive MBA program first offered through Brown and the IE Business School in Madrid in 2011 has been revamped as of this May to result in a joint degree. Previously, the EMBA degree was awarded by the school in Spain, though Brown coursework had made up about 35 percent of the programming. The most recent class graduated June 6. The schools now divide the workload equally, she said.
Next, two more degrees that could launch a year to 18 months from now would focus on engineering and cybersecurity. And in the exploration stages are possible degrees relating to big data and public arts spaces, Sibley added.