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Be everything you want to be and more.

Our Joint MSPAS/MPH Program is uniquely supportive and comprehensive. In Touro's one-of-a-kind program, you'll earn a second master's in Public Health — all in less than 3 years.

Our Mission & Values

In our joint MSPAS/MPH program you'll graduate with a special combination of knowledge and understanding. The integration of TUC's MSPAS and MPH degrees provides our graduates with the skills to assess both the individual and the community in which they live. That means you'll not only achieve your PA dream, but you'll be able to further benefit those you serve with a public health focus.


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

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


Educating caring Physician Assistants to Serve, to Lead, to Teach.


The Touro California Joint MSPAS/MPH Program values:

  1. Primary care as the backbone of the U.S. healthcare system to achieve health equity.
  2. Caring for patients with a social justice lens, especially in under-resourced populations.
  3. Clinicians who are empathetic professionals who provide patient-centered, culturally sensitive, gender-equitable, evidence-based care to all patients as part of an interprofessional team.

Read our Joint MSPAS/MPH Diversity Statement.

Our Goals

The Goals of the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program are to:

Program Competencies

MSPAS/MPH Leadership

Lisa Norton

Dr. Lisa Norton

Dean, College of Education and Health Sciences

Dr. Norton joined the College of Education and Health Sciences - under whose leadership the MSPAS/MPH Program falls - in 2016. Previously, she served as Associate Dean of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

There, she coordinated the first student success center in the College of Education and Health Professions to help students, especially those historically underserved, stay or get back on track.

Joy Moverley

Joy Moverley, DHSc, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C

Assistant Dean, College of Education and Health Sciences; MSPAS/MPH Program Director; Associate Professor

A 2012 graduate of the Touro University California Joint MSPAS/MPH Program, Dr. Moverley became Director of that same program in August 2021.

Dr. Moverley currently practices in Emergency Medicine and Diabetes Management. She is a member of the Diabetes Research, Education, and Management (DREAM) team at Touro University. She is a PA representative to the American Diabetes Association.

Her public health and research interests include the impact of health literacy, psychosocial support, and diversity on health outcomes.

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Touro University California

Touro University California is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

MSPAS Program

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Touro University California Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Touro University California. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA is September 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The accreditation history for the Touro University California Physician Assistant Program can be accessed by following this link.

MPH Program

The Touro University California (TUC) Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). On December 9, 2022, the TUC Public Health Program received notice of accreditation from the Council regarding the decision of its Board of Councilors to reaccredit the MPH Program at TUC for a 7-year term, the maximum period of accreditation for a graduate public health program.