By: Yitzchak Carroll | News  | 

Katz School Rebrands, Mulls New PA Program

YU’s Katz School has rebranded and expanded, and is now considering adding a physician assistant program, The Commentator has learned.

Katz, formally known as the Katz School of Science and Health to reflect its hands-on approach to learning, has launched several new masters programs in cybersecurity as well as digital marketing and media. The school’s data analytics and visualization program has been moved to an online platform to better service working professions, according to Katz School Dean Dr. Paul Russo, who also serves as Vice Provost at YU.

The Commentator also discovered job postings online seeking a program director to lead a new graduate physician’s assistant program at the Katz School. Two-year physician’s assistant graduate programs are a sought-after opportunity for students interested in pre-health professions. Russo declined to comment on the program.

Katz’s programs will emphasize “learning by doing” in a variety of areas — from internships to clinical externships to research opportunities. “Last semester, 10 Katz graduate students from data analytics, quantitative economics and mathematics participated in a proprietary research project for Standard & Poor’s Global to identify early signs of financial market disruptions, while a dozen of our speech-language  pathology students traveled around Brooklyn and the Bronx diagnosing and treating early childhood and adolescent speech disorders,” Russo said.

Additionally, a virtual cadaver lab, as well as labs specializing in activities of daily living and the internet of things systems, are in the works. This fall, the cybersecurity program is launching a new “cyber range” to provide realistic simulation training in defending against cyberattacks, in partnership with an Israeli-based startup.

The new graduate programs, which The Commentator previously reported on in the spring, come on the heels of Katz’s expansion. Katz’s Pathways Program grants graduating YU students a half-tuition scholarship, while in some cases, allowing current YU seniors to take Katz graduate courses.