McMurry University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Sign Articulation Agreement

  Gary Ellison
  Friday, April 27, 2018 8:34 AM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

 McMurry University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) are excited to announce the signing of an articulation agreement to allow qualified McMurry students the opportunity to enter the TTUHSC’s Master of Public Health program after three years at McMurry. The agreement goes into effect for the Fall 2018 academic term.

“The early admission articulation agreement through McMurry University would allow qualified students to complete their prerequisites in three years and have early admission to the TTUHSC Master of Public Health Program,” said Dr. Larry Sharp, associate professor of Biology at McMurry University, who negotiated the agreement with TTUHSC. “As the students finish their first year at TTUHSC, they would send McMurry the transcripts and we would award them a degree in biology, kinesiology, sociology, psychology or mathematics, essentially saving them a year’s worth of undergraduate expense.”

“We are very excited to form a partnership with a quality institution like McMurry to create an innovative learning opportunity for students in West Texas.” said Dr. Theresa Byrd, associate dean and chair at TTUHSC’s Department of Public Health. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in the field of public health to more quickly and economically earn an undergraduate degree from McMurry and a master of public health from TTUHSC. Shortening the time to completion saves the student money and gets their expertise into the workforce sooner, so it is a win-win for the field and the learner.”

“McMurry is excited to offer this opportunity to students from our campus to enter the field of public health.  It is the only articulation agreement TTUHSC’s Department of Public Health has with anyone, and it will allow our students from sociology, kinesiology, biology, and other departments all across our campus to join the fight for health and wellness in our state and region,” said McMurry Department of Biology Chair Dr. Gary Wilson. “Whether they choose to address the growing obesity problem or seek to encourage immunization and improved mental health services, they will make a difference in public health.  Much like our existing articulation agreement with the TTUHSC’s School of Pharmacy, this agreement paves the way for students to shave a year off their undergraduate program and quickly enter highly respected graduate professional programs with our state school partner, Texas Tech.”

 “This articulation agreement is a great example of collaboration between private and public higher education and how it benefits both our students and the outstanding programs offered at McMurry and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,” said McMurry President Dr. Sandra S. Harper. “McMurry will continue to explore new ways to partner with others to prepare our students for their future careers.”

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Larry Sharp, associate professor of biology at McMurry University, at 325-793-3871 or Corey Patterson, director of special projects at the Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, at 325-696-0574.



About Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Department of Public Health is part of TTUHSC’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As a comprehensive health sciences center, TTUHSC’s mission is to enrich the lives of others by educating students to become collaborative health care professionals, providing excellent patient care and advancing knowledge through innovative research.

About McMurry University

McMurry University was founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, and is a vibrant and comprehensive center of higher education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University 1,000 students and has an average class size of 16. Offering a diverse academic curriculum, students can choose from 45 majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others. McMurry has 40 clubs and organizations and 20 intercollegiate sports. Students are engaged with the community and average 24,000 hours of annual service.

McMurry is guided by our core values: Christian Faith as the foundation of life, Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life, Learning as the journey of life, Excellence as the goal of life, and Service as the measure of life. Our students are equipped to exceed expectations and go on to make their mark in the world, through leadership, service and professional success.

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