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 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

Touro University California

PharmD (2+2) / MPH Dual Degree Program


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Change your community . . . change your world! 

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.


Touro University California College of Pharmacy 

Diversity & the Touro University California MPH degree 

Change your community .... change your world!


The mission of the Public Health program . . .

The mission of the Public Health Program at Touro University California is to promote the health and well-being of local and global communities through education, service, and research with a focus on underserved populations.  This mission is achieved by employing a multidimensional program of study that combines a broad public health base with didactic training and field study in three specialty concentrations:

  • The COMMUNITY ACTION FOR HEALTH concentration prepares students to respond to the health needs of communities, especially those communities that face unique vulnerabilities.  Specialized courses for students in this concentration include Social Inequities in Public Health and Community Health Promotion.
  • The GLOBAL HEALTH concentration's curriculum reflects the realities of health around the world and the links between countries at different stages of economic development.  Students gain an understanding of the challenges and the complexity of solutions through specialized courses Essentials of Global Health and Emerging Health Threats.
  • HEALTH EQUITY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a new emphasis in the Public Health Program designed to address the impact of criminal justice involvement and incarceration on the health of individuals, families, and communities.  Students gain an understanding of the needs of these populations through specialized courses including Criminal Justice and Public Health.

Why a Dual Degree?

  • Participate in health promotion, disease prevention and pharmacotherapy;
  • Participate in disease surveillance of adverse drug events, patterns of use, and disaster preparedness;
  • Design and provide disease management and pharmacy based immunization programs;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policy to provide safer medications to patients;
  • Design benefit programs, reimbursement systems, and prescription drug plans;
  • Participate in health outcomes research;
  • Shape policy regarding inclusions/exclusions from drug formularies;
  • Assess the effects of emerging health issues and policies on current health care, and provide care and services to promote the health and well-being.

Why a Dual Degree at TUC?

  • The Master of Public Health (MPH) at Touro University California (TUC) trains students to become leaders and advocates in addressing the current and emerging public health challenges of populations locally and globally with a unwavering focus on social justice.
  • While the full MPH is 42 units of study, as a dual degree student you complete 30 units within the Public Health Program.  The remaining 12 units are transferred from the PharmD curriculum and cover related cross-over content.
  • The Touro University California (TUC) MPH Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which indicates program quality.  Certain professional positions and fellowships are only open to those with degrees from CEPH-accredited programs.



MPH Program Description

The MPH degree requires 42 units of study.  Dual degree students earn 30 units from the Public Health Program curriculum (generally over the course of 2 summers and a P3/P4 Open Block) and 12 units from courses relevant to public health from the College of Pharmacy curriculum.

Core Public Health Courses (19 units)

  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Methods

Concentration Courses (6 units)

Culminating Experience Courses (5 units)

  • Field Study
  • Capstone Project or Certified Public Health Exam Preparation (Exam administered by National Board of Public Health Examiners)

Field Study Sites

  • Over 60 domestic options including -
    • Public Health Departments - Solano, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
    • Planned Parenthood
    • San Quentin Prison
    • Kaiser Permanente
  • International sites in -
    • Bolivia
    • Cambodia
    • Ethiopia
    • Nepal
    • Uganda

Tuition: Current tuition for the 30 units of MPH coursework is $26,500 


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Earn an MPH degree in 2 summers while concurrently obtaining your PharmD degree.  Complete your Public Health field study during a P3/P4 open block


MPH Didactic Courses

Summer 1


COP Didactic Courses

Year 1 (P1)


MPH Didactic Courses

Summer 2


COP Didactic Courses

Year 2 (P2)


COP Clinical Rotations

Year 3 (P3)


MPH Field Study

Open Block in COP Year 3 (P3) or Year 4 (P4)


COP Clinical Rotations

Year 4 (P4)

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Student testimonials

"The MPH is the perfect complement to any health professional degree.  Mine has given me an opportunity to work with disadvantaged populations, compelled me to analyze and dissect research in a more meaningful way, and broadened my understanding of the forces that impact human health and behavior.

My PharmD provides me with the knowledge to optimize patient drug therapy but my MPH reminds me that I need to treat the patient as a whole, not just a set of signs and symptoms."

- Hugh Ngo, PharmD/MPH - Class of 2013


Student Performance Data & Accreditation Information

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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.


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