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PHARMD/MPH DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM

The Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) Dual Degree at Touro University California that bridges the complementary strengths of the College of Pharmacy (COP) and the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS). It provides students concurrently 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 epidemiologically-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. 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.

The MPH degree can open many doors to a variety of career opportunities for PharmD graduates:

  • Pharmacy residencies
  • Public and private hospitals, clinics 
  • Private practice, insurance and managed care organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Local, county, or state public health agencies
  • Governmental health agencies (e.g., CDC, HRSA, NIH, FDA)
  • International health agencies (WHO, UNHCR, PAHO)
  • Not-for-profit, philanthropic, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Research and academic institutions

Why get a your dual degree at TUC? 

  • The TUC Public Health Program is dedicated to reducing health disparities in local and global communities with an unwavering focus on social justice.
  • While the full MPH degree is 42 units of study, as a dual degree student you complete 30 units within the Public Health Program, and the remaining 12 units are transferred from the DO curriculum and cover related cross‐over content.
  • The TUC Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an indicator of a public health program’s quality and viability. Certain professional positions and fellowships are only open to those with degrees from CEPH‐accredited programs.

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Curriculum 

A total number of 30 units are required for the DO/MPH Dual Degree. Fifteen units are in the 5 core public health disciplines: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students complete 10 units in their specialty track, Community Health or Global Health, and 4 units of the Public Health Field Study. Students have the option to enroll in the 1-unit MPH Capstone Course, OR the 1-unit Certified in Public Health (CPH) Prep Exam Course,which prepares students to sit for the National Board of Public Health Examiners CPH Exam.

The COMMUNITY HEALTH TRACK prepares students to respond to the health needs of communities, especially those communities that face unique vulnerabilities due to current and historical policies and practices and is comprised of the following courses:

  • Health Disparities and Community Organizing
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment
  • Research Methodology

The GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK prepares students to be global health advocates and leaders. Our curriculum reflects the realities of health around the world and reinforces the links between countries at different stages of economic development. The Global Health Track is comprised of the following courses:

  • Essentials of Global Health
  • Emerging Health Threats
  • Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment
  • Research Methodology

MPH CULMINATING EXPERIENCE: Upon completion of all MPH core and track-required courses, students must complete the following courses:

  • CPH Prep Exam Course (1 Unit): This course prepares students for the 4-hour CPH Exam, which consists of 200 multiple choice questions and covers the five core areas of knowledge offered in CEPH–accredited schools and programs, as well as cross–cutting areas relevant to contemporary public health.

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  • MPH Capstone Course (1 Unit): Students who elect to complete a Capstone Project in lieu of the CPH Exam are required to produce a substantial, original, independently written manuscript concerning a significant public health problem and share and defend their work during an oral presentation.

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    Public Health Field Study: In either P3 or P4, all DO/MPH students are required to complete a 4-unit Public Health Field Study over a 6-week block under the guidance of preceptors at affiliated public health field study organizations that serve as field study placement sites. The Field Study also satisfies the COM Research Rotation Elective. Please see track-specific requirements below: 
    • Community Health Track students complete the Field Study at Community Health field study sites that include, but are not limited to: county health energyactivitydepartments, state and federal health agencies, community health organizations, hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, academic institutions, California correctional facilities, philanthropic and voluntary health agencies, and non-profit organizations.


    • cambodia20Global Health Track students conduct their field studies at sites in BoliviaCambodiaEthiopia, and Uganda under the guidance of site preceptors and course coordinators at public health institutions, universities, ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies.