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  • 5/9/2016 - Masters program presentation

    Class of 2016

  • 27-May-2015 - Masters student reception

    Class of 2015

  • Lander Hall Lab

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  • Dr. David Madden

     Dr. David Madden

  • Masters student presentation

     Student presentation

  • Driving simulator

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  • Dr. David Madden

     Dr. David Madden w/alumni

  • Graduation reception

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  • 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, 2017-18, updated 18-July-2017

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.

 
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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

The MSMHS-COP program is 10 months in length and consists of two semesters of didactic work and research training. The course of study begins August and ends in May of the following calendar year. The 19-week didactic semesters 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 with a faculty mentor.
This Masters 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 features

  • A 10-month, 33 credit research immersion experience
  • Individualized research apprenticeships
  • Outstanding faculty research
  • Collaboration with world-class research institutions
  • Small class size
 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

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


Competitive career advantages when applying to -

  • Pharmacy School
  • PhD graduate programs
  • Postgraduate pharmacy residency or fellowship
  • Positions in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Faculty positions in academia

Students accepted into this program are guaranteed an interview during the next application cycle for the Touro University California Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, provided they earn a GPA of 3.0 or better in all coursework.

Goals of the MS Program:

The goals of this 33-credit MS Program are:

  • To promote/establish sound understanding of scientific research, critical analytical skills, effective communication skills, good work ethics, and high professionalism.
  • To prepare/enhance students' qualification and competency in pursuing advanced training or careers which require the above skills, including entering pharmacy schools.

MS Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs):

Students who complete this MS Program in Medical Health Sciences with emphasis in Pharmacy Sciences at Touro University California - College of Pharmacy will be able to ....

  1. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess the scientific literature
  2. Engage in and conduct original research
  3. Design and implement research experiments to critically test hypotheses in pharmaceutical sciences and health outcomes
  4. Demonstrate the ability to present scientific data
  5. Develop strong verbal and written communication skills
  6. Behave in a professional and ethical manner

 

Curriculum

FALL SEMESTER 2017
4 required courses (17 credits) + 1 elective course (1 credit, Biotech track) = 18 credits
REQUIRED COURSES
HSPC-601 - Biostatistics & Epidemiology 2 credits
Dr. Inciardi
HSPC-602 - Mentored Research 1 12 credits
Student Advisors
HSPC-603 - Scientific Writing 1
2 credits
Dr. Mookerjee
HSPC-604 - Journal Club 1 credit
Dr. Keppler
ELECTIVE COURSE  (Students take one elective)
 HSPC-600 - Intro to Biotechnology
1 credit
  Dr. He

 

RING SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER 2018
4 required courses (15 credits) + 1 elective course (1 credit, PharmD track) = 16 units
REQUIRED COURSES

Students take all 4 required courses

HSPC-606 - Scientific Writing 2
2 credits
Dr. Lin
HSPC-607 - Scientific Presentation
2 credits
Dr. Rajagopalan
HSPC-608 - Mentored Research 2
10 credits
Student Advisors
HSPC-609 - Journal Club
1 unit
Dr. Heimer
ELECTIVE COURSE  (PharmD Track)
 HSPC-610 - Integrated Pharmaceutical Sciences
1 credit Dr. Liu

 

Our Faculty   M.S. Medical Health Sciences Faculty & Staff

Dr. Daniel Keppler, Program Director (daniel.keppler@tu.edu)

Ms. Christina Monasterio, Post Graduate Program Coordinator (christina.monasterio@tu.edu)

Dr. Shankar Chinta

PhD in Neurochemistry, NIMHANS, India (2003)

Post-doctoral Fellow, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, California (2008)

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor,student advisor (2016-present)

Dr. Mark Gloudeman

PharmD, Creighton University School of Pharmacy, Omaha, Nebraska (1988)

PGY1 Hospital Pharmacy Residency - Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinez, CA (1989)

CDE

RPh, CA

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Clinical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Student advisor (2017-present)

Dr. Chong He

BS Chemistry, double BS in Biology, Peking University, China (2002-2006)

PhD Biochemistry, Peking University, China (2006-2012)

Post-doctoral Fellow (Molecular Biology), Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, California (2012-present)

Post-doctoral fellow (Molecular Biology)

Buck Institute for Research on Aging

*Course instructor (2017-present)

Dr. Susan Heimer

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2002)

Post-doctoral Fellow (Microbiology/Immunology), University of Maryland (2004)

Post-doctoral Fellow (Ophthalmology), Harvard Medical School (2008)

Visiting Scholar (Optometry), University of California, Berkeley (2013)

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor (2015-present)

Dr. John Inciardi

PharmD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (1979);

Doctor of Science (Clinical Epidemiology), Erasmus University, Netherlands (2001)

Associate Professor of Social, Behavioral and Administrative Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Professor of Biological & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor (2015-present)

Dr. Kevin Ita

MSc (Pharmacy) Lviv Medical University, Ukraine (1986)

PhD (Pharmaceutics), North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa (2004)

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Hardeep Kaur

PhD (Cell Biology & Immunology), Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarah, India (2001)

Post-doctoral Fellow, Laval University, Quebec, Canada (2002)

Assistant Staff Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA (2008)

Instructor (Anatomy & Physiology lab course), CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA (Spring semester, 2017)

Instructor (Medical Microbiology), UC Berkeley Extension (Fall 2017)

Scientist & Adjunct Faculty

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Student advisor (2017-present)

Dr. Daniel Keppler

PhD, University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6), Paris, France (1988)

Post-doctoral Trainee, Institut Suisse de Recherche Experimentale sur le Cancer (ISREC), Epalinges, Switzerland (1995)

Program Director

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Director, course instructor, student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Athena W. Lin

MA Post-doctoral Fellow: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

PhD: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Associate Professor

Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine - Department of Basic Sciences

*Course instructor (2016-present), student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Shengquan Liu

MS (Medicinal Chemistry), College of Pharmacy, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, China (1980)

PhD, University of Louisiana at Monroe (1997)

Post-doctoral Fellow, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (1999)

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, Texas (2001)

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor, student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Maggie Louie

MS Chemistry (Biochemistry), San Francisco State University (2000)

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Davis (2004)

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, CA (2005)

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Student advisor 

Dr. David Madden

PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA (2003)

Larry L. Hillblom Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Buck Institute for Age Research, Novato, CA (2009)

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor (2012-present)

Dr. Gordon McCarter

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1996)

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco (2000)

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Student advisor (2016-present)

Dr. Alison McCormick

PhD, University of California, San Diego (1990)

Jane Coffin Childs Post-doctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA (1993)

Katherine McCormick Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine (1994)

Howard Hughes Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA (1995)

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

 

*Course instructor, student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Shona Mookerjee

MS, Biology, University of Rochester (2002)

PhD, Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (2005)

Research Scientist, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2006)

Post-doctoral Fellow, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA (2008)

Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor, student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Vanishree Rajagopalan

BS Pharm, Mumbai University, Mumbai, India (1993)

MS Pharm, Mumbai University, Mumbai, India (1995)

PhD, Molecular Pharmacology, T.J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA (2004)

Post Graduate Fellowship, Touro University California, College of Pharmacy (2010)

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Course instructor, student advisor (2015-present)

Dr. Patricia Shane

PhD Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1996)

MPH, University of California, Berkeley, CA (1982)

MA Social/Clinical Psychology, Clark University (1972)

Professor of Social, Behavioral & Administrative Sciences

Touro University California College of Pharmacy

*Student advisor (2012-present)

Dr. Jay Shubrook

BS Psychobiology and Psychology, UC Santa Cruz, CA

DO, Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, Ohio

Professor, Diabetologist, Director of Clinical Research, Director of Diabetes Services

Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine - Primary Care Department

*Student advisor, (2015-present)

Dr. Clipper Young

PharmD, Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Vallejo, CA (2013)

Pharmacy Education Administration Fellow, Touro University California College of Pharmacy, Vallejo, CA (2013-2015)

MPH, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health (2016)

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Assistant Professor & Clinical Pharmacist

Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical & Translational Research Unit

*Student advisor (2015-present)

        

Technology Competence

Students are required to possess a laptop computer that meets the requirements as specified by the College of Pharmacy, which are described here.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements, information on the admissions process and deadlines, and access to the MSMHS-COP application itself may be found here.

Admission Procedure

Admission to the MSMHS-COP program is conducted on a rolling basis with a deadline for receipt of applications of mid-June.  Applications are submitted on-line through the Admissions Office. Please click here for more information.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Touro University California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation,  or any other characteristic protected by law in employment, or in  admission, treatment or access to its educational programs or activities.

Requirements for Graduation

1. Satisfactory completion of all required and elective courses. Satisfactory completion is a grade of at least a 2.0 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:
           (a) a final report on research results, written in the style of a journal article and
           (b) a final oral presentation (similar to a thesis defense)

3. Satisfactory demonstration of laboratory competencies.

4. Recommendation by the MSMHS-COP administration for graduation.

5. Fulfillment of all legal and financial obligations to Touro University California.


Accreditation

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

Cost

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. For more details, please contact financial aid 

Academic Calendar, 2017-18

The MSMHS-COP program continues for 10 months, from August to May of the following year. The program runs in parallel with the College of Pharmacy curriculum, and therefore 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 (link to http://cop.tu.edu/studentresources/index.html/#calendars) 

 

Google calendar for the Class of 2018

Click here to view in a browser window.

Additions or corrections?  Please contact Ms. Bridget Canfield (bridget.canfield@tu.edu

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Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2019

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

Postgraduate Programs Coordinator -

Ms. Christina Monasterio.  Email: christina.monasterio@tu.edu


MSMHS Google calendar

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 2017

How to apply to Pharmacy School. Touro University California Office of Admissions.  October 2017

Mock Interviews with Touro University California College of Pharmacy PharmD faculty.  November 2017 & January 2018.

Important Dates Near the End of the Spring Semester

Monday, April 16, 2018
First complete draft of manuscript (version 1) submitted to Advisor
 
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Advisor returns draft to student with revisions and comments
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Poster Presentation at TUC Annual Research Day
 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Revised draft (version 2) submitted to Independent Reader
 
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Independent Reader returns draft to student with revisions and comments
 
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Final Research Presentation to faculty and students
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Final manuscript (version 3) due to Advisor and MS Office.
 
Mid to late May 2018
Graduation of the Class of 2018.  @Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California.

 
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