Health Related Professions

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  • Welcome from the Dean

    Dean Pic Jessica H BaileyWelcome to the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Originally established in 1971, SHRP has trained more than 3,000 allied-health professionals across the state over the past 44 years.

    Located on UMMC’s Jackson campus, the school began by offering certificates in dental hygiene and medical records administration. In 1973, SHRP added physical therapy, which became the school’s first baccalaureate offering. Since then, the school has grown steadily and now offers bachelor’s degrees in medical laboratory science, cytotechnology, dental hygiene, health sciences, health informatics and information management, and radiologic sciences. SHRP also offers a Master of Occupational Therapy, a Master of Health Sciences, a Master of Health Informatics and Information Management, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Health Administration, and  post-baccalaureate certificates in nuclear medicine technology and magnetic resonance imaging.

    More students have been attracted to healthcare careers and our enrollment has grown along with our degree programs. The school has an average enrollment of more than 700 students per year.

    SHRP features state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories and is one of the finest facilities in the country for health-related professions. Completed in 1999, the building features therapy skills laboratories, clinical laboratories, a radiologic simulation laboratory, and a newly constructed 1,500 square foot state-of-the-art active learning classroom known as the Collaboratory.

    One of SHRP’s overall goals is to prepare and encourage health care providers to practice in rural and medically underserved parts of the state. We welcome all students around the state to consider our programs. We have made it easier for place-bound students to further their education at SHRP without leaving their hometowns. In 2011, we announced our 2+U program, a collaboration between SHRP and the state's 15 community and junior colleges. The 2+U program is designed to identify and recruit highly qualified students early, so that upon graduation from an allied health program at a Mississippi community college, they can enter the work force and simultaneously enroll in one of our online baccalaureate programs.

    If you are interested in a career where you have opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your fellow Mississippians.  SHRP may have just the program for you. Give us a call at (601) 984-6332, or e-mail us on this website to learn more about any of our programs.

    We look forward to hearing from you. 

    Jessica H. Bailey, PhD, RHIA, CCS 
    Dean of School of Health Related Professions


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