New Initiatives $6.5 Million
Manchester is no stranger to innovation. Committed to resolving conflict through nonviolence, we launched the world's first undergraduate peace studies program after World War II. A pioneering environmental studies program born in the early 1970s explored the growing concerns of human impact on the planet. More recently, in 2016, we blazed a trail in the frontier of personalized medicine – pharmacogenomics – with a first-of-its-kind master's degree.
Now we see new opportunities on the horizon. We can seize them with the New Initiatives Fund. At Manchester, we continually ask the “What if?” questions that help us respond to workforce needs and prepare our students for rewarding careers. We answered recently with new undergraduate majors in digital media, health communication, and global health.
Perhaps our most ambitious move yet, a health science initiative building on the Pharmacy program and our rich history in the sciences prepares graduates to meet the health care needs of an aging and increasingly diverse population. These new programs will attract students to both campuses, with some students starting their studies in North Manchester and completing their degrees with courses and clinical experiences in Fort Wayne.
A nursing program will focus on rural and urban health and provide our graduates with liberal arts skills such as problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution and leadership.
Physical Therapy and Nutrigenomics are the newest additions to Manchester's graduate program offerings. Simultaneously, we're continuing to explore fields such as occupational therapy and a physician assistant program, in which we see opportunities to serve both our students and the people they in turn will serve.
Manchester Bold seeks $6.5 million for a New Initiatives Fund that will help Manchester grow and empower our graduates to improve the human condition.