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Academics

Touro California's intensive, one-year Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences (MSMHS) program builds your knowledge of the basic sciences and provides you with an opportunity to conduct research.

The rigorous curriculum will boost your chances of gaining entry to medical school—and give you a sense what it will take to succeed there.

MSMHS Program Details

Our MSMHS program can make your application to medical school, a PA program, and other allied health programs, stand out among the thousands reviewed by admission officers. You'll gain the knowledge to improve your GPA, prepare for the program of your choice and any required entrance exams such as the MCAT, and pursue a research project of your choice.

Touro California's MSMHS program:

  • Is two semesters, total
  • Begins in the fall semester (August)
  • Pre-PA students are 100% online. Pre-DO students must take some classes in person.
  • If you're looking to pursue a DO degree: Graduates of the MSMHS program who meet eligibility criteria and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher throughout the program and a 490 or higher on the MCAT are guaranteed an admissions interview to Touro University California's College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • If you're looking to pursue an MSPAS degree: Graduates of the MSMHS program who meet eligibility criteria and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher throughout the program, are guaranteed an admissions interview at a Touro PA program in New York, Illinois, or Los Angeles, CA.

Beyond application to medical school, Touro California's MSMHS degree enhances your credentials for entry into many and varied healthcare and scientific professions by offering a strong, challenging biomedical science core curriculum that is complemented by a mentored research internship experience.

The curriculum is enhanced by a campus environment providing opportunities to participate in an exciting array of extracurricular clinical, education, research, and community service activities available to Touro students.

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn basic sciences:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology and Microbiology

Research topic areas include:

  • Microbiology
  • Ion channels
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer's
  • Neuronal development
  • Obesity

MSMHS Curriculum

HSOC-601-0-Medical Biochemistry (3 units)

This course familiarizes students with clinically-relevant anatomy of the human body. The focus is on structural and functional relationships of anatomical structures. These relationships are presented utilizing both lecture and laboratory. The laboratory portion contains cadaver dissection and diagnostic imaging and focuses on spatial relationships, normal structure and normal variant structures, the relationships of organs and organ systems; also there are clinical correlations and consideration of gross pathology.

HSOC-602-0 Molecular Cell Biology (3 units)

The course studies cell and molecular biology as it applies to health and disease. The major topics covered will be cell and matrix structure, cell signaling and biophysics, histology of basic tissue types, molecular biology of DNA and RNA, cell cycle and cancer genetics, as well as biotechnology. Emphasis will be on understanding basic cell and molecular mechanisms in a normal healthy adult and how those mechanisms go awry during development of cancer.

HSOC-603-0 Neuroscience (3 units)

This medical neuroscience course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the human nervous system. This course covers topic areas including neuroanatomy, neurohistology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroembryology, sensory systems and pathways, motor systems and pathways, clinical identification of specific neurological disorders and diseases, and neuroanatomical identification of nervous system lesions.

 

HSOC-604-0 Introduction to Research (2 units)

Students learn how research is conducted, analyzed, and communicated, via presentations by active research faculty and by active participation in journal club presentations. The course includes a biostatistics module in which students learn how to statistically analyze data with particular application to the biological sciences.

HSOC-605-0 Physiology 1 (3 units)

The course takes a systems-based approach to study the fundamental principles of medical physiology as it applies to health and disease. Physiology 1 covers nerve, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal physiology. Emphasis is on understanding basic physiological mechanisms in a normal healthy adult and is presented at the gross, cellular and/or molecular level. Where appropriate, descriptions of normal physiology are integrated with pathophysiological scenarios for emphasis and clinical relevance.

HSOC-600-0 Anatomy (4 units)

This course familiarizes students with clinically-relevant anatomy of the human body. The focus is on structural and functional relationships of anatomical structures. These relationships are presented utilizing both lecture and laboratory. The laboratory portion contains cadaver dissection and diagnostic imaging and focuses on spatial relationships, normal structure and normal variant structures, the relationships of organs and organ systems; also there are clinical correlations and consideration of gross pathology.

 

HSOC-606-0 Physiology 2 (3 units)

This course is a continuation of Physiology 1 from the fall semester. The course takes a systems-based approach to study the fundamental principles of medical physiology as it applies to health and disease. Physiology 2 will cover renal, endocrine and reproductive physiology. Emphasis is on understanding basic physiological mechanisms in a normal healthy adult and is presented at the gross, cellular and/or molecular level. Where appropriate, descriptions of normal physiology are integrated with pathophysiological scenarios for emphasis and clinical relevance.

HSOC-607-0 Immunology and Infectious Disease (3 units)

This course is divided in three sections. The first section explains the basis of innate and acquired immunity at the molecular, cellular, organ and systemic level. Students learn how to analyze developmental aspects of immunity and how the immune system responds to pathogens. The second section covers clinical immunology and how immune system mechanisms can cause disease. Students learn mechanisms of immunopathogenesis, and also how the immune system can be harnessed to treat cancer. The third section will focus on infectious diseases. This section includes an introduction to medical microbiology and a description of infectious agents. The course covers medically relevant microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites), and major mechanisms of their transmission, pathogenesis along with management of the presented infectious agents. Students learn how to characterize the molecular and structural features of microbial organisms and relate these structures to their functions and laboratory diagnosis as well as their roles in microbe-host interaction.

HSOC-608-0 Pharmacology (3 units)

The course covers selected topics in pharmacology, including general principles, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system pharmacology, renal and GI pharmacology and cardiovascular pharmacology. Emphasis is on understanding basic principles of pharmacology, different classes of pharmacologic agents and their sites and mechanism of action, along with indications for use and contraindications or serious side effects arising from use.

HSOC-609-0 Research Internship (3 units)

Students participate in a semester-long research project with a faculty mentor. The research project culminates in a final paper and a final poster presentation. In addition, methods of scientific presentation and data analysis are reinforced via student journal club presentations, lectures by faculty mentors and a short biostatistics module.

Who is the MSMHS program for?

The MSMHS program can bolster your application to any allied health program, and is specifically tailored for medical and PA school applications.

Future Physicians

Getting into medical school is a difficult, competitive process. Our MSMHS program can help your application stand.

Future Physician Assistants

The MSMHS program can enhance your application to PA programs. This program can especially benefit any student who has applied to any Touro PA program and was denied admittance within the last four academic years, or who has matriculated into a Touro PA program but was dismissed or decelerated due to academic reasons and recommended by Touro PA administration.

Program Highlights

In Touro University California's MSMHS program, you will:

  • Earn a master's degree in 12 months. This full-time, 30-credit program can put you on course to go to med school in one year.
  • Meaningful research, worthwhile mentoring. In your second semester, you'll work with a faculty mentor on a research project of your choice.
  • Rigorous, but caring. As an MSMHS student, you'll have an intense workload on par with what you'll experience in med school.
  • Build knowledge of medicine. As a Touro student, you'll be involved with student clinics, OMM demonstrations and other events throughout your education.

Our Success

More than half of the students in our MSMHS program who apply to our College of Osteopathic Medicine are accepted. In-depth training in basic science, as well as hands-on research experience, will open many career paths.

Paths:

  • Medical school
  • Physician Assistant program
  • Teaching
  • Health professions