• 5/9/2016 - Masters program presentation


  • 5/9/2016 - Masters program presentation

    Class of 2016

  • 27-May-2015 - Masters student reception

    Class of 2015

  • Lander Hall Lab

    Lander Hall Lab

  • Masters student presentation

     Student presentation

  • Driving simulator

    Driving simulator

  • Graduation reception

    2014 Graduation reception

  • 2014 Graduation

    Class of 2014

 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

M.S. Medical Health Sciences

with an emphasis in Pharmacy Studies

10 month program - Preparing students for research and scholarship

Download Program Overview Program Overview, 2019-20, updated 15-October-2018

This 10-month program is an intensive immersion in research, designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to be effective scientific or clinical investigators.  Individual interaction with faculty members on current research topics is at the core of this exciting program.  Curriculum coursework includes laboratory techniques, biostatistics, and scientific writing and presentation skills.

 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

Student testimonials (from the Class of 2015)


"I had an incredible research experience and would not have changed anything about it."

"I am very satisfied with the research component of the program.  I was able to challenge myself to work independently and become self-motivated."

"The research component of this program was excellent.  I loved working with just one advisor, and having the opportunity to work year round on one project."

"This was truly a unique experience that has given me a greater appreciation for scientific research and scientific writing."


Program Summary

Under the larger umbrella of Masters in Health Sciences at Touro University California (TUC), the M.Sc. Program in Medical Health Sciences of the College of Pharmacy (MS-MHS-COP) represents a 10-months program that consists of two semesters of didactic work and intensive research training totaling 40 credits. The course of study begins August and ends in May of the following calendar year. The 19- and 18-week didactic fall and spring semesters, respectively, correspond to those in the College of Pharmacy’s concurrent PharmD Program. The Program Director will arrange and oversee a successful and rewarding research experience in collaboration with the Program Coordinator and participating Faculty Advisors.

This MS Program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to be effective scientific or clinical investigators.  Individual interaction with Faculty Advisors on current research topics is at the core of this exciting program.  Classroom coursework includes laboratory techniques, biostatistics, scientific writing, integrated pharmaceutical sciences, critical assessment and presentation of the primary scientific literature and oral scientific presentations.

This MS Program is carefully integrated. Course content is designed to be pertinent to the degree. No transfer credit, credit for experiential learning, or advanced placement can therefore be granted.

Program Strengths

The MS-MHS-COP Program went recently (2017-2018) through a combined institutional and external review process and the following strengths of the Program were noted:


a)      Short duration (10 months)

b)      Research intensive (28/40 credits)

c)      Low tuition for degree (<$30,000)

d)     High retention (98%) and graduation (98%) rates since inception of the MS Program in 2012

e)      Competitive career advantages when applying to positions in the pharmaceutical industry or in doctoral programs (PharmD, PhD, or other)

Faculty Contributions to Program:

a)      Committed faculty members provide one-on-one student mentoring

b)      Commitment to research and scholarship

c)      Faculty is engaged in constantly improving the curriculum

d)     Use of multiple data sources in curriculum improvement

Program Contributions to COP:

a)      Provides students with much sought after access to research

b)      Helps in building out TUC/COP research base

c)      Provides a pipeline for the COP PharmD program (61% of MS graduates)

d)     Allows graduates to pursue a variety of careers

Other Strengths:

a)      Students consistently express a high degree of satisfaction with the program overall and with the individual courses and instructors

b)      Overall GPA of the last two classes was 2.80 or higher

c)      Gender-balanced and diverse classes

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Faculty research areas include -

Molecular biology & metabolism

Cancer & stem cell biology

Drug synthesis & drug delivery

Effects of drugs on driving performance

Pharmaceutical health outcomes & cost analysis

Diabetes management in pharmacy care settings

Goals of the MS Program

The goals of this 40-credit MS Program are:

  • To promote/establish sound understanding of the biomedical sciences, critical analytical skills, effective communication skills, strong work ethics, and a high level of professionalism.
  • To prepare/enhance students’ qualifications and competencies in pursuing careers which require the above skills, including admission to doctoral programs or appointment as Research Assistant/Associate in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry sector.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Students who complete this MS Program in Medical Health Sciences with emphasis in Pharmacy Sciences at TUC-COP will be able to....

  • Critically assess the scientific literature
  • Conduct original biomedical and related research
  • Design and implement biomedical research experiments to critically test hypotheses
  • Present scientific data in poster and seminar formats
  • Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner

Enrollment Target

Ten (10) students will be enrolled in the BMSR track each year and matched to a participating faculty advisor. Each of the enrolled students will work with one or two TUC-COP Faculty Advisors in a laboratory setting either on the TUC campus or at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. For more information on the Buck Institute, click on the following URL: https://www.buckinstitute.org/

General Overview

For the upcoming 2019-2020 schoolyear, the MS-MHS-COP program offers one track in Biomedical Sciences Research (BMSR). The BMSR track aims at recruiting a specific set of students as shown below:

MS-MHS-COP Biomedical Sciences Research (BMSR) Track

Course Credits

The BMSR track will run for 19 and 18 weeks during the fall and spring semesters, respectively (i.e., 37 weeks total) and have a total of 40 units of credits derived from successful completion of traditional classroom and laboratory courses.

Curriculum Overview

Fall Semester (20 credits)

  • HSPC600 - Biomedical Research Techniques (1-credit classroom course)
  • HSPC601 - Biostatistics (2-credits classroom course)
  • HSPC602 - Mentored Research-1 (14-credits laboratory course)
  • HSPC603 - Scientific Writing-1 (2-credits classroom course)
  • HSPC604 - Journal Club-1 (1-credit classroom course)

Spring Semester (20 credits)

  • HSPC606 - Scientific Writing-2 (2-credits classroom course)
  • HSPC607 - Scientific Presentation (2-credits classroom course)
  • HSPC608 - Mentored Research-2 (14-credits laboratory course)
  • HSPC609 - Journal Club-2 (1-credit classroom course)
  • HSPC610 - Integrated Pharmaceutical Sciences (1-credit classroom course)

Approximately 70% (or 28 credits) of each student’s time will be dedicated to working on their research project (HSPC602 and HSPC608), and 30% (or 12 credits) spent in a small-group classroom learning environment.

Fall Semester


Spring Semester

Admissions Requirements and Process

Information regarding admissions requirements and process, including a link to the application for admission, may be found by visiting http://admissions.tu.edu/msmhs-ps.  

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required and elective courses, i. e., a total of 40 units of credits. Satisfactory completion is a grade of at least a 2.0 (or 70%) in each course. There can be no outstanding Unsatisfactory or Incomplete grade.
  2. Completion of all graded and non-graded coursework and assignments, including but not limited to:
    1. a final report on research results, written in the form of a Master’s thesis and
    2. a final oral presentation (similar to a thesis defense)
  3. Satisfactory demonstration of professional competencies
  4. Recommendation by the MS-MHS-COP administration for graduation
  5. Fulfillment of all legal and financial obligations to Touro University California


The Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences of the College of Pharmacy (MS-MHS-COP) is offered by Touro University California, which is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (http://www.wascsenior.org/).


The tuition for obtaining a Master’s degree in Medical Health Sciences at Touro University California is set a $28,800 for the school year 2019-2020. Tuition does not include application fees if required (see the on-line Application Form), but does cover all costs for online materials and laboratory supplies. Technical support is available, but students are expected to provide their own laptop.

As a fully accredited course, financial aid is available through Touro University California’s Financial Aid Office (http://studentservices.tu.edu/financialaid/).

Technology Competence

Students are required to possess a laptop computer that meets the requirements as specified by the College of Pharmacy (http://cop.tu.edu/studentresources/COP_technical.html).

Academic Calendar, 2019-2020

The duration of the MS-MHS-COP program is typically of 10 months and runs from August to May of the following year.

The program runs in parallel with the College of Pharmacy curriculum, and enjoys all of the breaks and holidays observed by the PharmD program. These include a Fall, Winter, and a Spring Break, as well as observance of the typical national and major Jewish holidays.

MS Workshops for 2019-2020

  • How to apply to Pharmacy School. Office of Admissions. October, 2019
  • Mock Interviews with PharmD Faculty. November 2019
  • Mock Interviews with PharmD Faculty. January 2020

Important Dates near the End of the Spring Semester 2019

Wednesday, Apr 24         19th Annual TUC Research Day (presentation of a poster)

Thursday, May 23            Graduation of the MS Class of 2020

Program and course evaluations

Mandatory student evaluations of Orientation & Matching Day are performed shortly after the start of classes in the fall. Mandatory student evaluations of the overall program, individual courses and advisors are performed towards the end of each semester (in December and May).

MS Graduates by Career Path

Where our graduates go upon graduation

The majority of our students chooses and manages to matriculate into a PharmD Program. From 2012-2018, a total of 52/71 (73%) of graduates chose a career path in Pharmacy and enrolled in a PharmD Program. Of those, 43/52 (83%) chose to enroll in the TUC-COP PharmD Program.

Among the six graduates who chose a career path in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, three got jobs at BioMarin and two at Genentech.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Touro University California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other status characteristic protected by applicable laws in employment, or in admission, treatment or access to educational programs or activities.

To the extent provided by law, the university will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities which meet the legal standards for documentation, whenever the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform all essential functions of the position and meet the academic program technical standards.

This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Clery Act of 1998.  For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.  Please note that contact information listed here is for discrimination inquiries only.  Please contact the Office of Admissions for admissions related inquiries.

Kathy Lowe
Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5806

Dr. Lisa Waits
Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5226

Dr. James Binkerd
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5883


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To request more information on our programs, click here 

Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2020

Questions?  Contact Anthony Williams, Recruiter & Outreach Specialist

News & Announcements

M.S. Medical Health Sciences

Program Management -

Director: Dr. Daniel Keppler.  Email: daniel.keppler@tu.edu

Vice Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee: Dr. David J. Evans, BPharm & PhD.  Email: david.evans@tu.edu

Postgraduate Programs Coordinator -

Ms. Christina Alvarez.  Email: christina.alvarez@tu.edu

Pharmacy Student Services

Buck Institute Formal Research Seminar - Fridays 11am to 12 noon.  Buck Institute, Novato, California.  Dr. Shona Mookerjee.  E-mail: shona.mookerjee@tu.edu

College of Pharmacy Residency Research Seminar Series.  Schedule and materials coordinated by Dr. Shadi Doroudgar.  Email - shadi.doroudgar@tu.edu

MS-MHS College of Pharmacy Workshops

Interview Workshop

Specific days to be arranged.  Dr. Daniel Keppler.  Email - daniel.keppler@tu.edu

Career and Residency Day.  September 2019

How to apply to Pharmacy School. Touro University California Office of Admissions.  October 2019

Mock Interviews with Touro University California College of Pharmacy PharmD faculty.  November 2019 & January 2020.

Important Dates Near the End of the Spring Semester

April 2020
First complete draft of manuscript (version 1) submitted to Advisor
Advisor returns draft to student with revisions and comments
Poster Presentation at TUC Annual Research Day
Revised draft (version 2) submitted to Independent Reader
May 2020
Independent Reader returns draft to student with revisions and comments
Final Research Presentation to faculty and students
Final manuscript (version 3) due to Advisor and MS Office.
Graduation of the Class of 2020.  @Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California.