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Front row, from left, Claflin President Henry Tisdale and South Carolina President Harris Pastides; second row, from left, Greg Hand, associate dean, Arnold School; Thomas Chandler, interim dean, Arnold School; Verlie Tisdale, dean of School of Natural Sc
Front row, from left, Claflin President Henry Tisdale and South Carolina President Harris Pastides; second row, from left, Greg Hand, associate dean, Arnold School; Thomas Chandler, interim dean, Arnold School; Verlie Tisdale, dean of School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Claflin; and Saundra Glover, director of the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities

University, Claflin develop ‘4 + 1 Program’

The University of South Carolina and Claflin University signed an agreement Tuesday (April 21) to establish a partnership that will develop a diverse public-health workforce.

"This program joins the talents and commitment of faculty and researchers at our University and Claflin University to produce the best minds for public-health careers."

The agreement, signed by university president Dr. Harris Pastides and Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, Claflin University president, at the second annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, creates a dual-degree program called the “4 + 1 Program.”

Claflin undergraduates who participate in the program will earn bachelor’s degrees in biology from Claflin and master’s degrees in public health from the Arnold School of Public Health.

The 4 + 1 Program was announced at the beginning of the Clyburn lecture, which featured Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Pastides said the partnership is a good fit between the university’s Arnold School and Claflin, an historically black institution with a reputation for academic excellence.

“This new five-year, dual-degree program joins the talents and commitment of faculty and researchers at our University and Claflin University to produce the best minds for public-health careers,” said Pastides, former dean of the Arnold School.

The partnership between the two institutions will increase access for students pursuing public-health careers.

“All of us will be stronger for it,” Pastides said.

Claflin biology majors will declare their intent to enter the 4 + 1 Program at the end of their sophomore years. They will take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in their junior or senior years and take master’s-level, public-health classes at the Arnold School as seniors. These classes will count toward an MPH degree.

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