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In 1995, the university added a master's of public health degree. The first students were
admitted to the program in fall 1995. The degree offerings were again expanded in 1996, with
the university offering its first undergraduate degree, a bachelor's degree in physician assistant
studies. The first students who graduated with that degree graduated in fall 1999. That same year,
the physician assistant studies program moved to a master of science degree in physician
assistant studies, and all undergraduate programs ceased. A doctoral degree in public health was
added in 1999, and a School of Public Health was established. The first class of doctoral
graduates in public health included two Latinos out of six in 2004. Since that time, the School of
Public Health has graduated the highest percentage of Latino doctoral students among all schools
at 33% (Fact Book, 2006).
This health science center has graduated 246 Latino students during its entire history as
of the 2004-2005 academic year. Some of those Latino students received bachelor's degrees
[three in physician assistant studies]. Some received master's degrees [six in physician assistant
studies, 19 in biomedical sciences, and 36 in public health]. Some received doctoral degrees,
[five in public health, 10 in biomedical sciences, and 167 doctors of osteopathic medicine]. In
all, 7% of the graduates of this health science center, as of the 2004-2005 academic year, were of
Latino descent (Fact Book, 2006).
Design of the Study
Qualitative research follows an emergent research design (Gall et al., 2003); however, an
initial research design was outlined to begin the study. This section will provide a brief sketch of
the initial design, providing more detail on how the study progressed in subsections. A health
science center in the southwestern part of the US was chosen for this study, mainly because of
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