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UA Little Rock Earns Accolades for Health and Wellness, Economics Programs

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s undergraduate programs in health and wellness and economics have been recognized as some of the best in the country by University HQ.

University HQ is an online resource for students to find top-rated colleges, scholarships, and potential salaries for their career choices. The site provides information on colleges, entrance requirements and career paths, as well as providing career guides.

University HQ ranked UA Little Rock ninth in its list of best online bachelor’s degrees in health and wellness for 2024. The online Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion is designed to prepare students as well as health professionals in community health agencies, health maintenance organizations, as well as business and industry wellness programs.

“I am extremely pleased that the hard work of all the faculty members in this program is recognized via this ranking,” said Dr. Amar Kanekar, professor and graduate coordinator of health education and promotion. “There is a great potential for graduates of this degree to work in diverse fields in health and wellness, and this degree prepares students to work as community health workers, hospital and healthcare managers, as well as health education specialists in diverse areas such as school, community, and workplace health promotion. They are eligible to attain certified health education specialist certification from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.”

Additionally, University HQ ranked UA Little Rock in its list of the top 50 affordable economics degree college rankings. The School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics degrees. Courses in economics help students develop logical thinking skills, understanding of applied statistical analysis, and communication abilities, all while preparing students for careers in industry, finance, or government as well as for graduate study in law, business, economics, and public policy.

“We work with the School of Business and our donors to provide generous scholarship opportunities to our economics students, but our emphasis is on offering students a high-quality educational experience,” said Dr. Mark Funk, chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance. “Our program provides students the opportunity to apply their classroom economics to the real world, with community projects embedded into our capstone and internship opportunities with local firms and organizations. We host networking opportunities for students to engage with alumni, firms, and government officials. These experiences help students make the connections to build successful careers.”

University HQ uses data collected from College Navigator, College Scorecard, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale to formulate its rankings, giving weight to the following factors: academics, graduate outcomes, affordability, and reputation and expert opinion.

“Ranking colleges is a process designed to facilitate one of a student’s most important decisions,” said Julia Griebel of University HQ. “While there are many solid numbers we can use and rely on, our goal is to present a fact-based picture of the colleges we rank. This is so we can help students make their best decision for college. Figures like admission rates can help students with reasonable expectations for admission, and retention rates can help them envision how their fellow students value the education they receive. Ultimately, we strive to present an objective and unbiased view of colleges so that students can set reasonable expectations, discover outstanding schools, and embark on a path toward their best lives.”