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About

Join us and become a leader in addressing public health challenges. In TUC's MPH program, you'll learn to achieve health equity by addressing the historical roots and structural causes of injustice.

The Time is Right Now

At this critical juncture in history, the world has come to understand what we at Touro University California have known all along: Public Health matters. Our well-established, vitally important Public Health Programs offer a comprehensive, innovative, supportive way to expand your knowledge and amplify your ability to serve.

Because we understand the many challenges and conditions influencing public health delivery and public health practitioners today, we weave a social justice thread throughout our curriculum. Our broad-based, inclusive approach allows TUC students and graduates to understand the human and human-rights issues surrounding healthcare in this country and throughout the world.

Social Justice Series

Social justice is intricately intertwined with public health and the fair and equitable society in which we want to live. As we teach our students, and the community, to advocate for public health, and social justice, it starts with an understanding of the social determinants of health and their impacts. That’s why we offer an annual lecture series discussing these issues and fueling the conversation.

Our Mission

  • We promote the health and well-being of local and global communities through education, service, and research.
  • We blend clinical and public health knowledge in our joint and dual degree programs.
  • We work with under-resourced communities to build their responses to public health problems.
  • We embrace TUC's “social justice” mission and work in partnership with public and private sectors to build community strengths.
  • We focus on community health, global health, and health equity, and criminal justice, in our independent MPH program.

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 public health 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.

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Gayle Cummings

Gayle Cummings, PsyD, MPH

Assistant Dean & Program Director

Public Health Program Director, Gayle Cummings, received her MPH from the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and did an NIH Fellowship with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF.

She co-founded the Center for the Analysis of Multicultural Issues (CAMI), a firm, that conducts program and research evaluation, strategic planning and analysis for disease prevention and health promotion programs.

As co-principal and consultant for CAMI, she helped develop, implement, and evaluate programs focused on assisting underserved communities throughout California.

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Our Goals

  • Help students develop, promote, and comprehend public health principles ensuring all program graduates can demonstrate knowledge and skill in the core areas of public health.
  • Prepare students to practice successfully in diverse health service, academic, and research settings.
  • Help faculty and students develop and participate in research to improve public health.
  • Collaborate and consult with community agencies and others committed to improving public health.
  • Evaluate and continuously improve the education, research, and service activities of the program.

Accreditation

TUC Accreditation

Touro University California is accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Higher Education for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

MPH Accreditation

The Touro University California (TUC) Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). On June 22, 2015, 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.