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UH-Hilo, Tripler collaborate on advanced pharmacology degree

The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s College of Pharmacy is offering a master of science degree in clinical psychopharmacology.

The degree gives clinical psychologists in the military — as well as on Guam and in the states of New Mexico and Louisiana — the authority to write prescriptions once they pass a national board exam. In most states, including Hawaii, people seeking prescriptions for mental and emotional disorders must go to psychiatrists.

The college said Friday the program will initially be offered at Tripler Army Medical Center on Oahu. Instructors from the Hilo school will visit Tripler three to five times per course.

The program begins this fall. It will require four semesters and one summer session to complete.

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