Through the integration of the Physician Assistant and Public Health disciplines, the mission of the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program is to:
1) train quality PAs to work with underserved populations,
2) recruit applicants from these communities or individuals with a demonstrated interest in serving these communities, and
3) increase access to care for underserved populations
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Alumna Nellie Gallegos
MSPAS, MPH, PA-C
Class of 2007
Currently works at a Federally Qualified
Health Center (FQHC) in New Mexico
As a part of accreditation, both Touro University and each of its many programs have defined sets of learning outcomes that they expect to teach their students.
Joint Program students have three identities as students, and therefore have three sets of learning outcomes – as Touro University students, as Public Health Program students, and as Physician Assistant Program students.
In conjunction with its sister campus Touro University Nevada, Touro University California has developed eight Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, which can be found here.
The Public Health Program has a set of competencies that are based on those approved by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) in 2006, and that it expects all students to demonstrate. Details can be found on their “MPH Competencies” page.
The Physician Assistant Program has developed a set of six student learning outcomes it expects of all its students. These outcomes are based on the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession, jointly developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).
- Joint Program students will demonstrate appropriate levels of medical knowledge;
- Joint Program students will demonstrate appropriate levels of medical skills;
- Joint Program students will demonstrate high levels of professionalism;
- Joint Program students will be competent communicators;
- Joint Program students will provide patient-centered care; and
- Joint Program students will integrate these core competencies into their clinical practice.
The information gathered on the success of the program in providing its students with a meaningful education feeds the self-assessment process. The PA Program holds a biannual retreat to assess its success and examine its curriculum, and make changes when areas for improvement are identified. These assessments are not used to grade the students, but rather to assess the record of the program in transmitting knowledge, skills, and more to its students.
This process of continual self-examination and always striving to deliver a better and better education has helped the PA Program become one of the premier in the nation.
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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.
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Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Dean of Student Affairs
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
The Touro College and University System Academic Integrity Policy
In order to define Policies and Procedures that are clear, uniform, and appropriate to address issues of Academic Integrity at the Touro College and University System, a Presidential Task Force was created. The Task Force created this set of Policies and Procedures in conjunction with the Center for Academic Integrity.
FQHCs serve medically underserved areas or populations, and offer a sliding fee scale for their comprehensive health care services.
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