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 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

Touro University California

PharmD - MPH Dual Degree Program

PharmD-MPH Dual Degree Program

Touro students and faculty are involved in significant community outreach. Two factors have strengthened the outreach efforts of the Touro University California College of Pharmacy: the increasing amount of interprofessional activity and the Public Health program which has provided expertise about how to go about community outreach. The dual degree PharmD/MPH program has been particularly effective in producing a cadre of students who think about providing clinical pharmacy services in the context of health policy, epidemiology and health demographics (public health).

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PharmD / MPH Dual Degree Fact Sheet  (PDF)

 The Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) Dual Degree at Touro University California combines the complementary strengths of the College of Pharmacy (COP) and the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS) to provide students currently enrolled in the PharmD Program with an integrated curriculum focusing on knowledge and ingenuity in the delivery of pharmaceutical care within a population based public health framework. The dual degree is designed for students interested in working in divisions of pharmacy emphasizing epidemiology based research, evaluation of community-based health programs, and the needs of populations and issues affecting their health.

Students are provided with the expertise and competencies essential to comprehend population based care, manage program planning and evaluation, assess the effects of emerging health issues and policies on the current health care environment, and provide care and services to promote the health and well-being of local and global communities.

PharmD/MPH students are expected to complete the PharmD/MPH Dual Degree within a minimum of 4 years of year-round full-time study. Currently, 13% of all COP students are enrolled in the PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Program.

PharmD/MPH graduates are more competitive in obtaining employment in public and private hospitals, clinics and health care providers, private practice, insurance and managed care organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, local, county, or state public health agencies, public health governmental agencies (CDC, HRSA, NIH, FDA), international health agencies (WHO, UNHCR, PAHO), not-for-profit, philanthropic, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and research and academic institutions. Pharmacists with MPH degrees will be prepared to:

  • Design and provide disease management and pharmacy-based immunization programs;
  • Participate in pharmacotherapy, health promotion,and disease prevention;
  • Conduct epidemiologic investigations;
  • Participate in health outcomes research;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy to provide safer medications to patients;
  • Participate in disease surveillance of adverse drug events, potential drug interactions, patterns of over/underuse, and disaster preparedness;
  • Shape policy regarding inclusions/exclusions from drug formularies;
  • Participate in program planning, implementation and evaluation, such as appropriateness of prescribed treatment regimens, medication refill reminders and other compliance programs;
  • Participate in public health programs sponsored by health departments, for example, disaster preparedness, and administering vaccinations;
  • Design benefit programs, reimbursement systems, and prescription drug plans.
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Krisma Deportes 

Congratulations to Krisma DesPortes, P2, PharmD/MPH Candidate, the first student from Touro University California's CEHS Public Health Program and College of Pharmacy to be awarded the prestigious Navy Grad School Scholarship!

Desportes's scholarship will provide up to $134,600.00, which includes monthly salary and housing allowance for two years. Upon her graduation in 2015, Krisma will embark on a mission to provide leadership and expertise to support our country, the men and women who defend it, their families and the world at large. She will be required to either lead personnel at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California; or provide administrative support aboard an aircraft carrier; one of two dedicated hospital ships - the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy; or in operational units worldwide.

News & Announcements

January 8, 2015

Driving simulator

Seeking participants (21+)  for a study investigating the effects of valerian on driving performance.  This study will be conducted by Dr. Kelan Thomas and colleagues at Touro University California.  The study involves two separate 2-3 hour sessions using the STISIM driving simulator.  IRB Approval Date: 12/6/2014.  IRB study number: P-2514.  For more information, please contact Ms. Joanne Canedo (M.S. Medical Health Sciences, Class of 2015) at joanne.canedo@tu.edu.

January 7, 2015

Cervical Cancer

Touro University California faculty, Drs. Daniel Keppler (College of Pharmacy) and Athena W. Lin (College of Medicine) edit a 400-page book on Cervical Cancer for Springer/Humana Press.

Volunteer for the Teen Life Conference!   TLC is a great event to get involved in the lives of local teens and make a difference. We are recruiting students in all colleges at Touro University California to help us make this event amazing! The event takes place March 4, 2014. We will have stations set up at the school including a rock wall, brain station with Dr. Puder, dancing, booths from the different clubs, military club obstacle course and many other fun activities and food. We need your help to make this event possible!  Click here to find out more information about the committees and to find out how you can help.

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Last Updated: 6/17/15