vision &



The Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) envisions imparting a positive impact on the health of individuals & populations across the world through world-class excellence in medical research & education. 


To actualize its vision over the next century, the Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) directs all of its activities to support the fulfillment of its two-part mission to progressively develop & facilitate: 

  • Schools that provide effective education & training opportunities relevant to the biomedical sciences & modern medicine. 


  • PHSU strives to foster an environment of respect, fairness, honesty, and transparency, while exercising responsible stewardship of resources and public trust.


Excellence & Continuous Quality Improvement: 

  • PHSU strives for world-class excellence & continuous evidence-informed quality improvement in everything that it does.



  • PHSU strives to offer higher-education that is accessible to a global audience & medical research programs that have a positive effect on human healthspan at the global-level. 


Institutional Agility & Entrepreneurism: 

  • PHSU strives to minimize bureaucracy, cost, and institutional inertia in all forms, and will accept appropriate risks in pursuit of opportunity to realize its vision & mission.



  • PHSU activities are not compromised by partisan politics, institutional or personal allegiances, or sources of financial support.



  • PHSU welcomes and encourages growth through inclusion of diversity of experience, culture, ideas, and opinions among our students, staff, and organizational  partners.






&  Authority

The Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) is a Private, Non-Profit, American Institution of Medical Research & Higher Education founded in 2016, and legally established under the laws of the State of California in the year 2017.


Per Section 94874 of the California Code of Education, the schools of the Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) afford the authority to operate as exempt from the approval of the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). To compliment this authority, the Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) exercises progressive compliance with contemporary best practices in conducting medical research and providing higher education programs.

The Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) operates under the oversight of a Board of Governors.  The Board appoints a University Administration  composed of a team of medical scientists, educators, healthcare professionals, and organizational leaders to work closely with University faculty, staff & students to professionally support the realization of the University vision & mission.  This team includes:

Dr. Taruna Ikrar, MD, MPharm, PhD

 Administrative & Academic titles:

  • University Vice-President of Medical Research

  • Dean, International School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Professor of Biomedical Sciences

  • Director, Neurodegenerative Disease Research Program [NDRP]

Dr. Katherine Lemke, EdD

 Administrative & Academic titles:

  • University Vice-President of Administration

  • Student Counselor

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Peter C. Poon, PhD

 Administrative & Academic titles:

  • University Vice-President of Academic Affairs

  • Dean, California College of Science

  • Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Anthony Bernstein, MD

 Administrative & Academic titles:

  • Chief Medical Officer

  • Dean, California School of Medicine

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine

Mr. Tim Hagerman, JD

 Administrative & Academic titles:

  • Chief Legal Officer

  • Instructor of Medical Law & Ethics

Public Statement

on Accreditation

To support broader opportunities for its future alumni & public trust in its schools, the Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) is exercising compliance with organizational standards required for institutional & program-level accreditation by several accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education & by the California Department of Public Health. The Pacific Health Sciences University (PHSU) proceeds into its first year of legal operation in the State of California, on track to receive relevant accreditations by one or more of these agencies by the end of year 2019.  

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A Private, Non-Profit, American Institution of Medical Research & Higher Education.  Federal ID Number: 82-3636987. 

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