• The Class of 2013 take the PA Oath at their White Coat Ceremony

    PA Alumni Live the Mission in their Work

Program Mission

Using a social justice framework and a public health lens, the mission of the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program is to:

  • Recruit applicants from under-resourced communities and individuals with a demonstrated interest in serving these communities,
  • Educate PAs who will provide culturally sensitive care and advocate for under-resourced communities,
  • Increase access to high-quality care for under-resourced communities with an emphasis in primary care.

Program Values

The faculty, staff, students and alumni of the TUC Joint MSPAS/MPH program value:

  • Primary care as the backbone of the U.S. healthcare system to achieve health-equity
  • Educating empathetic PAs who provide patient-centered, culturally sensitive, gender-equitable, evidence-based care to all patients, especially historically underresourced communities, across the lifespan as members of an interprofessional team


Program Students

The Admissions Department maintains a profile of the latest class of students to enroll.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students are supported by a caring staff and faculty

Students are supported by a
caring staff and faculty

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 students, and as PA students.

In conjunction with its sister campus Touro University Nevada, Touro University California has developed four 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 PA 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).


At the end of their education at Touro, Joint Program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate levels of medical knowledge;
  2. Demonstrate appropriate levels of medical skills;
  3. Demonstrate high levels of professionalism;
  4. Be competent communicators;
  5. Provide patient-centered care; and
  6. 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.


Non-Discrimination Policy


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 


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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