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UTPB, Texas Tech announce healthcare management partnership

Posted on October 25, 2018

To help fill openings for healthcare management in the Permian Basin, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center announced a partnership that will enable students interested healthcare administration to complete their MBA from UTPB and their graduate certificate in health systems policy and management from TTUHSC.

“Under its terms, UT Permian Basin MBA students will be able to take up to nine hours from Texas Tech that will count for the MBA requirements, thus reducing the time and cost for students as well as providing these students with a flexible path toward these degrees and certificates,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Heimmermann said at a news conference Tuesday.

The news conference was held in the foyer of the J. Conrad Dunagan Library.

The program will start in January.

“Above all, participating students are assured of a high-quality experience and credentials from Texas Tech’s esteemed health sciences program and UT Permian Basin’s AACSB-accredited business program,” Heimmermann said.

He added that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that most of the top 10 fastest-growing occupational fields nationally are in the healthcare field.

“We in the Permian Basin understand this particularly well,” Heimmermann said.

Heimmermann said people starting health care businesses in terms of memory care and other growing industries are needed in the area.

“It’s not just for say the established big companies and hospitals, but the burgeoning smaller start-up healthcare businesses,” Heimmermann said.

Dean of the School of Health Professions Lori Rice-Spearman said health professions covers 20 academic programs.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” Rice-Spearman said. “It was something that we started exploring about a year ago and felt there was a lot of opportunity for us … to support the needs of the Permian Basin, especially in the area of healthcare, so we think this is just one of many to come as far as supporting healthcare in the area.”

“The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center was created to expand access and improve the quality of healthcare across West Texas. We serve 180 counties and the Permian Basin is very important in the 180 counties that we serve. We want to partner with our sister institutions whether it be UTPB, Odessa College (or) Midland College in fulfilling our mission. We feel like this is exactly the way that we need to be working with our communities,” Rice-Spearman added.

“We hope that this is the first of many collaborations with UTPB to expand access and quality of healthcare and we look forward to working with UTPB in the future,” she said.