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A Message from the Dean

Published on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Published on August 19, 2015

As we review the academic year 2014-15, we have much to be thankful for at the School of Health Related Professions.

Dr. Jessica Bailey
Dr. Jessica Bailey

During this past year, we had very successful accreditation site visits in the areas of nuclear medicine, occupational therapy and radiologic sciences. Our programs continue to provide a quality education for all of the disciplines in our building.

We had approximately 650 students enrolled in programs at SHRP, and about 250 of those students have learned through online instruction. We graduated about 240 students at commencement last May and sent out highly competent health-care providers throughout the state of Mississippi.

Our faculty and students are devoted to the mission of the university by improving the lives of all Mississippians.

Recognizing that health care is provided to patients by a team of professionals, we continue to find ways to incorporate interprofessional education opportunities between and among our disciplines within SHRP. We look forward to hosting social events for the students to get to know other students who are outside of their specific disciplines.

We also continue to look for opportunities to share our specific skills learned in allied health professions with the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry and School of Pharmacy.

As the "Taste of the U" had its final competition last spring, our students were recognized for their creativity and culinary skills, bringing home first-prize and second-prize honors. Our SHRP students are involved in many community-service endeavors and take an active role in the student-led Jackson Free Clinic. 

We are very pleased to announce that we will be the first in the state to have a designation of recognition of our online programs by Quality Matters, an entity that has developed rigorous standards for assessing quality in online courses.

Recently, SHRP was awarded a grant from the Hearin Foundation in support of a Mississippi Rural Allied Health Professionals Scholarship. The scholarship awards will be offered to SHRP eligible students in the fall 2015 semester.

Our administration, faculty and staff are all committed to making each student's experience at the School of Health Related Professions the best that it can be.  
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Professor of Clinical Health Sciences and
Dean, School of Health Related Professions
Dr. Jessica Bailey