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.
Once they are accepted into the university’s Graduate School, they will enter the MPH program in general public health.
Tisdale said the timing for this program has never been greater.
“We must have sufficient resources and expertise not only now but in the future,” Tisdale said. “We believe that the 4+1 Program is a tremendous step in that direction.”
The University of South Carolina and Claflin University have strong connections in education, research and outreach. They are partners on a $7.5-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to eliminate health disparities in HIV/AIDS and cancer in the Palmetto State. The grant also funds undergraduate research with scientists at both institutions.
The Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Arnold School includes Claflin as a partner. A $17.3-million grant from NIH, which bolsters biomedical research and expands educational opportunities for undergraduates, connects the University of South Carolina and Claflin with five other colleges and universities around the state.
“Today is just the beginning of a very successful journey,” Tisdale said.
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