Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has officially added a third school — the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) — to its bustling campus.
“We are very excited and pleased to add a third school to TTUHSC El Paso,” says University President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “This is proof that we’re growing as a university, and it will allow us to better serve our community by offering a broader range of advanced educational opportunities to prospective students.”
GSBS was officially added to TTUHSC El Paso on Thursday, Jan. 21, after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the university’s request to offer a Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences.
“Students in this new graduate school will be able to work directly with our medical and nursing students on one campus, allowing them to learn interdisciplinary skills and giving them an edge that other graduates don’t have,” Dr. Lange says.
The degree, which launches in the fall of 2016, will prepare students to pursue additional health-related graduate opportunities — such as medicine and veterinary school and doctoral programs in biomedical and related sciences — by teaching four core subjects: biochemistry, cell biology, genes and function, and laboratory methods. Students also will be required to conduct hands-on research in scientific areas related to medical problems prevalent in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
“We hope that our newly approved Master of Science program will be the springboard for a new cohort of outstanding biomedical scientists who will contribute to improving the fabric of our community and region,” says Assistant Vice President for Research Peter Rotwein, M.D. “We look forward to our students developing superb skills as scientists and thriving professionally.”
TTUHSC El Paso has been working toward its own graduate school since 2012 when it was established as a regional biomedical campus for TTUHSC in Lubbock. Students attended master’s classes here in El Paso, but officially earned their M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from TTUHSC in Lubbock.
“This is the next of many steps in growing advanced educational activities here in El Paso, and we plan to build on the successes of our students to create other graduate opportunities, including Ph.D. and combined M.D. and Ph.D. programs in the future,” Dr. Rotwein says.