In the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, we are educating the next generation of scientists and health-related professionals in a dynamic, diverse and productive research environment that fosters creativity and discovery.
To create a collaborative and innovative academic environment that inspires and lays the foundation for new generations of biomedical scientists to realize their potential, commit to success and make discoveries that have major impact on treatment of diseases worldwide.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) will be recognized nationally as a top-ranked health sciences university.
The Mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is to improve the health of people by providing educational opportunities for students and health care professionals, advancing knowledge through scholarship and research, and providing patient care and service.
In support of the institutional mission, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences strives to provide superior graduate education as well as leadership in increasing knowledge and understanding through scholarship and research. The mission of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is to educate the next generation of scientists and health-related professionals in a dynamic and productive research environment that fosters creativity and discovery.
In order to accomplish the mission, the faculty and staff of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are committed to:
- providing the larger academic community, as well as future employers, with graduates who are highly competent, independent, ethical researchers and teachers
- demonstrating in all pursuits honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and commitment to academic freedom
- ensuring that GSBS faculty, staff and students are supported in their efforts with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and training opportunities
- serving as leaders in the community for the advancement of knowledge related to the basic biomedical and related health sciences
- ensuring an environment that values a diversity of people and ideas
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) was established in 1991 by the First Called Session of the 72nd Legislature in HB1 and authorized in January 1994 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Today we offer programs leading to M.S., MPH, Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. Each year, we welcome students from around the world.
2018-2022 Strategic Plan
In order to effectively accomplish its mission, the Graduate School is committed to the following strategic goals:
- To recruit highly qualified and diverse students into the GSBS programs;
- To enhance GSBS academic and training experiences for all students;
- To develop and enhance academic programs on all campuses that reflect targeted educational needs;
- To provide leadership in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship;
While the Strategic Goals summarize the ultimate direction of the Graduate School, they are accomplished through the achievement of specific strategies and objectives that are outlined below.
To recruit a highly qualified and diverse student body into GSBS programs
- Objective 1.1.1 Expand the Dean’s Scholars Program
- Objective 1.1.2 Ensure regionally competitive salaries
- Objective 1.1.3 Provide fee waiver incentives
- Objective 1.1.4 Pay tuition & fees for doctoral students
- Objective 1.2.1 Travel to diverse campuses to recruit students
- Objective 1.2.2 Increase number of domestic students that interview and tour campus
- Objective 1.2.3 Track recruitment activities through the Recruiter software
- Objective 1.2.4 Continually improve SABR (Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research) and ABRI (Amarillo Biomedical Research Internship) experiences
- Objective 1.2.5 Implement early admissions programs including GEAR (Graduate Early Admittance for Research)
- Objective 1.2.6 Create recruitment videos for the doctoral program as well as targeted advertisements.
To improve GSBS academic and training outcomes for all students
- Objective 2.1.1 Improve and expand the annual Faculty & Student Retreat
- Objective 2.1.2 Expand the seminar series, journal clubs, or similar activities to expose students to the diversity of biomedical careers
- Objective 2.1.3 Strengthen the GSBS student mentoring program
- Objective 2.1.4 Support continued exchange of scientific ideas and collaboration between faculty and graduate students through Student Research Week and Annual Research Days.
- Objective 2.2.1 Continually improve student learning outcomes and assessment plans for all academic degree programs
- Objective 2.2.2 Revise course syllabi with course objectives that are linked to student learning outcomes
- Objective 2.2.3 Use rubrics as measures for oral presentations, seminars, and research projects
- Objective 2.3.1 Assess the student-based tutoring program
- Objective 2.3.2 Provide services to improve academic performance, i.e. Graduate Student Association mentoring progra
- Objective 2.3.3 Assess quality of resources through graduation/exit surveys
- Objective 2.3.4 Evaluate Core Curriculum Coordination (CCC) Committee oversight
- Curriculum development
Training of faculty for online/TechLink courses
Assessing strategies for monitoring student progress
- Objective 2.4.1 Disseminate program review policy to all programs
- Objective 2.4.2 Conduct program reviews so that all programs are reviewed on a seven-year cycle
- Objective 2.4.3 Use assessment results to revise and improve program action plan
- Objective 2.5.1 Improve alumni relations through newsletters, homecoming seminars, social media, national meeting receptions, etc.
- Objective 2.5.2 Distribute exit survey/questionnaire to all graduates
- Objective 2.5.3 Track and disseminate employment of GSBS graduates to strengthen alumni network
To develop and enhance academic programs that reflect targeted educational needs
- Objective 3.1.1 Recruit and develop Public Health faculty and staff
- Objective 3.1.2 Accredit the Master of Public Health degree program
- Objective 3.1.3 Collaborate with TTU System and other Universities to develop dual degrees and/or articulation agreements
- Objective 3.1.4 Develop online courses and program
- Objective 3.1.5 Initiate process to develop a School of Public Health
- Objective 3.2.1 Maintain excellence in the Masters in Graduate Medical Sciences program
- Objective 3.2.2 Expand the existing Pharmaceutical Sciences MS program.
- Objective 3.2.3 Grow the Biotechnology MS program by increasing recruitment activities
- Objective 3.2.4 Explore opportunities to create new concentrations
To provide leadership in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship
- Objective 4.1.1 Assist in the recruitment of additional faculty with active research programs
- Objective 4.1.2 Assist in mentoring current students in obtaining research fellowships
- Objective 4.1.3 Maintain research opportunity page on Website
- Objective 4.1.4 Increase collaborative efforts with all HSC faculty
- Objective 4.1.5 Offer workshops to mentor students
- Objective 4.1.6 Explore opportunities to integrate Post-docs into GSBS activities
- Objective 4.2.1 Continue fundraising efforts for GSBS scholarships
- Objective 4.2.2 Expand fundraising events during Student Research Week including opportunities to host SRW at other campuses.