Health Care

Mississippi's health care sector continues to experience rapid growth. Already home to world-class health care facilities, the state's medical needs continue to grow while providing exciting areas of potential economic growth. Recently, Governor Phil Bryant proposed adding 1,000 new physicians in Mississippi by 2025. This influx could be a major spur to the economies of local communities.

In response to Mississippi's growing health care sector, Mississippi's universities and community colleges are taking proactive steps to support this growth.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is a major academic medical center located in Jackson. UMMC undertakes groundbreaking information, provides primary and acute care, and is the primary provider of health care professionals to Mississippi. Its degree programs are in disciplines such as medical, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy and dental hygiene.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health focuses on the improvement of health for individuals, families and communities. It includes schools of nursing, social work and other community-oriented health programs. Additionally, Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges provide important training in 27 distinct health care-related professions ranging from radiologic technology to medical billing and coding. Through partnerships with high schools, community colleges are providing career pathways to students interested in the health care field.

Finally, the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce, founded in 1996, surveys annual workforce needs to help the state best prepare for nursing and training needs in the future.