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MUSC, Clemson partner on graduate-level degrees

Ashley Heffernan
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The Medical University of South Carolina and Clemson University will offer a joint doctoral program and nine accelerated degree programs beginning in the fall, according to a news release. 

Students in the joint doctoral program in biomedical data science and informatics will take classes at both MUSC and Clemson and receive diplomas with each school’s seal, the news release said.

Additionally, undergraduate students at Clemson can apply for admission to nine health-related graduate programs at MUSC, including:

  • Master of Science in cardiovascular perfusion
  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Master of health administration
  • Doctor of pharmacy
  • Doctor of physical therapy
  • Master of Public Health in biostatistics; epidemiology; and health behavior and health promotion

The nine degrees will be on accelerated paths, meaning students might take 12 credit hours as undergraduates at Clemson that will count toward their MUSC master’s degree in public health, the news release said.

“Clemson and MUSC each play vital roles in providing greater opportunities for top students in South Carolina and in improving the health outcomes in the state. These groundbreaking agreements address both issues,” Clemson President James P. Clements said in the news release. “Clemson is proud to be the first university in the state to partner with MUSC on so many accelerated degrees and a joint Ph.D. program that is on the leading edge of health care innovation and informatics.”

The shortened degrees are expected to save students time and tuition and increase the number of trained professionals entering the S.C. workforce, the news release said.

MUSC President Dr. David J. Cole said he sees the collaborations as part of a “new paradigm for higher education in our state.”

“Our hope is that this partnership and its projected benefits will establish a model for more collaborative endeavors that reduce students’ debt, energize our health care workforce and the knowledge-based economy, and improve access to health care for the citizens of South Carolina,” Cole said in the news release. 

Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.

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