PHARMD/MPH DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
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.
Important Links for Prospective PharmD/MPH Students:
PharmD/MPH Alumni Ambassadors
“My experiences in the PharmD/MPH program have made me a better health care professional by realizing that while it is very important to acquire drug knowledge as a pharmacist, to actually apply that knowledge to needy people all around the world is at the heart of public health. The PharmD/MPH program at Touro provides students with caring faculty members and exceptional field studies which helped me achieve my goals and dreams in becoming a successful public health pharmacist.”
"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 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."
The MPH degree requires a 42-unit course of study, encompassing the five core areas of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. PharmD/MPH students complete 30 units of MPH coursework. The remaining 12 units are transferred from the PharmD curriculum and cover related cross-over content. Students gain depth through coursework in a chosen specialized public health track (Community Health or Global Health). In addition to the 5 courses in the core areas of public health (15 units), the Community Health and Global Health programs of study are designed from the following track core courses (10 units):
- Health Education and Promotion
- Health Disparities and Community Organizing
- Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment
- Research Methodology
- Essentials of Global Health
- Emerging Health Threats
- Global Reproductive Health
- Research Methodology
Click here to view the PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Fact Sheet. Click the button below for a link
to the PharmD/MPH Academic Planning Forms which provide the PharmD/MPH degree requirements
for each track.
Evening Degree Program
TUC's MPH Program is an evening degree program as classes are held primarily Monday through Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. during the fall and spring academic sessions. During the summer sessions, there is a limited number of classes scheduled earlier during the day and/or early evening, with a majority of courses occurring during the regular 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. time slot.
This essential part of the curriculum is comprised of the Public Health Field Study and Capstone courses. DO/MPH students are required to complete a 200-hour (2-unit) Dual Degree Public Health Field Study in a public health setting that integrates core skills and knowledge acquired during the Program’s didactic phase. This course also satisfies the COM research elective rotation requirement in the DO curriculum. The Public Health Program has successfully developed collaborations with local departments of health, community organizations and non-governmental organizations engaged in public health activities. These partnerships provide our students many sites from which to gain field study experience.
MPH students in the Community Health Track are required to conduct their field studies under the guidance of site preceptors and course coordinators at affiliated organizations. This provides students an enhanced understanding about how ideas concerning the promotion of health and well-being are translated into programs of action that benefit communities.
Students in the Global Health Track are required to conduct their field studies at any of the three international sites under the guidance of site preceptors and course coordinators: Bolivia, Cambodia, and Ethiopia.
Note: The Dual Degree Public Health Field Study also satisfies the COP research elective rotation requirement during 3rd and 4th year rotations.
The Public Health Field Study is followed by the Capstone Course (3 units) -- the integration of coursework and field experience. Students may choose a singular applied project, consisting of a formal written manuscript and public presentation; or a comprehensive exam demonstrating the student's mastery of and ability to integrate core public health principles and to apply this understanding to issues that may confront public health professionals.
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