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New Degree Aids Military Mental Health Professionals

Posted on | September 2, 2011 | Comments Off on New Degree Aids Military Mental Health Professionals

UH Hilo will begin offering a master of science in clinical psychopharmacology degree in the College of Pharmacy. The degree gives clinical psychologists in the military, as well as in Guam and two states (New Mexico and Louisiana), the authority to write prescriptions once they pass a national board exam. Initially the program will be offered to students at the Tripler Army Medical Center on Oʻahu.

The MSCP program will provide advanced professional development to working clinicians, with an initial focus on those practicing in the state of Hawaiʻi.

The program will begin this fall semester and will require four semesters and one summer session to complete. Most of the coursework will be offered via distance education through lectures posted on the internet and biweekly hour-long meetings between instructors and students that will be recorded and provided to students for review.

“The curriculum begins with a strong foundation in biochemistry and physiology,” says Edward Fisher, associate dean of the College of Pharmacy and director of the MSCP program. “Our objective is to provide a rigorous, advanced education in clinical psychopharmacology so licensed, doctoral-level, practicing psychologists can safely and effectively prescribe medications for their patients.”

“Training clinical psychologists in the art and science of psychopharmacology will result in improved mental health treatment for our service men and women and their families, and we’re honored to meet the needs of the military in Hawaiʻi,” says John M. Pezzuto, dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Read the news release.