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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has seen significant growth in its graduate degree programs.

The programs, which launched in 2016 with the Master of Public Health degree, have grown to 70 students in three graduate programs, according to a news release from the school. The other graduate programs are a Master of Health Administration and a Master of Science in Biotechnology.

The college said this semester’s enrollment represents a 59% increase from fall 2018 with 44 students in the programs. The Master of Health Administration, the newest program at the science center, launched on Aug. 26 with 30 students in the inaugural class.

That program also allows employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Richardson to take courses.

“The enrollment growth we have experienced this year is significant and exciting for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler,” Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, UT Health Science Center president, said in the news release. “As the institution continues to grow, we are constantly evolving to meet the needs of East Texans. Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to ensure growth, innovation and the highest caliber of education to best serve this community.”

The college will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its School of Public Health facility, 11937 U.S. Highway 271, at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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