• 5/9/2016 - Masters program presentation


  • 5/9/2016 - Masters program presentation

    Class of 2016

  • Lander Hall Lab

    Lander Hall Lab

  • Masters student presentation

     Student presentation

  • Driving simulator

    Driving simulator

 Touro University California College of Pharmacy

M.S. in Medical Health Sciences - College of Pharmacy



We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 MS-MHS-COP class


Program Overview


Class of 2019

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

  Current students

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Class of 2020

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Incoming / Prospective students

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Program Summary

Under the larger umbrella of Masters in Health Sciences at Touro University California (TUC), the MSc Program in Medical Health Sciences of the College of Pharmacy (MS-MHS-COP) represents a 10-month program consisting of two semesters of didactic work and intensive research training. The course of study begins in August and ends in May of the following calendar year. The 19- and 18-week didactic fall and spring semesters, respectively, correspond to those of 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.

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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 Strengths


a)      Short duration (10 months)

b)      Research intensive (~70 % of effort)

c)      Low tuition for degree (< $25,000)

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)

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

Faculty Contributions to Program:

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

b)      Commitment to research and scholarship

c)      Faculty engaged in constantly improving the curriculum

d)      Use of multiple data sources in curriculum improvement

e)      Students consistently express a high degree of program satisfaction


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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


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 obtained employment at BioMarin and two at Genentech.



The Human Resources department at Touro University California is committed to providing excellent service to more than 500 faculty and staff members critical to the University's success. The Human Resources Department is responsible for providing guidance to the University in all aspects of human resources management including; staffing, benefits administration, performance management, employee development, employee relations, EEO Compliance, and policy development and interpretation. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement (EEO)

Touro University California is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other status characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Our policy also proscribes discrimination based upon a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful. The University is committed to a diverse population within its overall Mission Statement.

The principles of affirmative action have guided the development of the University’s employment policy. Two goals stress this commitment:

  • To recognize the dignity of each human being;
  • To provide fair opportunities for all.

This policy is adopted by Touro University - California pursuant to its commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and specifically pledges the University to a policy of nondiscrimination against any person in employment or in any of its programs.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Touro University California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender, 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 the 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 the 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.edu/govCFAPPS/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:

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

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


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Contact us

M.S. Medical Health Sciences

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

Postgraduate Programs Coordinator -

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

Recruiter & Outreach Specialist

Anthony Williams, Email: anthony.williams@tu.edu

Pharmacy Student Services

MS-MHS College of Pharmacy Workshops

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

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 2018 & January 2019.

Important Dates Near the End of the Spring Semester

April 2019
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 2019
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 2019.