TTUHSC Public Health Program Receives Accreditation


The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Masters of Public Health (MPH) program received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.  Theresa Byrd, DrPH, associate dean and chair of the TTUHSC Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health, said the program now is accredited until 2023.

“We are really excited,” Byrd said. “This was a lot of work, and several of the faculty really dedicated themselves to making this happen. Our next step is to develop our first doctoral program, which we hope to have approved and ready to accept students in 2020.” 

Located on the Lubbock and Abilene campuses and administered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health offers the MPH degree program both face-to-face and online. In addition, the department offers an online certificate in public health.

The training emphasizes public health competencies and the integration and application of those competencies to public health practice. The MPH provides students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to succeed in public health careers. The department also has two dual degree programs, M.D./MPH and MPA/MPH (in approval stages) and is developing others. There have been 56 graduates from the program, including 38 MPH students and 18 M.D./MPH students.

“We are proud of our students and we know they will accomplish great things,” Byrd said. “We also are grateful for our supportive administration, especially President Tedd Mitchell who has been committed to getting public health programs at TTUHSC, and Dr. Brandt Schneider, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, who worked closely with us during the process.”

The Council on Education for Public Health is the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health and public health programs. The TTUHSC MPH program is the first school or program to undergo the accreditation process under the council’s newly revised guidelines.



A submission for approval for the establishment of the TTUHSC MPH program was made to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and approved October 24, 2013. The first MPH class began in September 2014.

For more information about the TTUHSC MPH program, visit


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TTUHSC at Abilene

TTUHSC Abilene

Students at TTUHSC at Abilene receive a comprehensive, practical education spanning a broad range of health issues.

Home to the School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Department of Public Health, TTUHSC at Abilene prepares students for a health care career through hands-on training in clinical and research settings.

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, originally a part of the School of Medicine, became a separate school in 1994 to coordinate the training of biomedical scientists.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio are factors that promote learning and encourage interaction between students. These unique factors create a highly competitive environment for students applying each year.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


Beginning in 1969 as the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is now a five-school university with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa.

TTUHSC offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in programs that are on the forefront of health care education. Our programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success.

Almost 50 years since opening, TTUHSC has now trained more than 20,000 health care professionals, and meets the health care needs of more than 2.5 million people in the 108 counties including those in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico.

Through research, education and patient care, TTUHSC aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. We strive to decrease health disparities for rural populations and improve the health of the community through collaborations with area hospitals and health centers.

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