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Certificate Programs

The graduate certificate programs at Penn State College of Medicine provide strong foundational graduate-level coursework to students seeking career advancement and lifelong learning opportunities. Many certificate courses are transferable toward master's degrees at Penn State College of Medicine, pending successful application and admittance to such a degree program.

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The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research curriculum is offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences and consists of 15 credits in biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, and SAS statistical analysis computing.

Courses are offered on weekday evenings, enabling the student to continue work activity and engage in clinical and health services research coursework. Completion of the certificate is excellent preparation for continuing in the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences (MS) degree.

Common Careers
  • Senior clinical research administrator
  • Clinical research manager

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The Graduate Certificate in Hospital and Health System Preparedness, offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences, provides students with knowledge and skills to protect the critical infrastructure of hospitals, medical facilities and emergency management systems.

Students will become knowledgeable and experienced in development, testing, evaluation and revision of an emergency operations, and will understand evidence-based approaches to designing emergency operations plans and procedures.

Common Careers
  • Emergency management administrator
  • Hospital emergency operations manager

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Health, offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences, provides students with foundational graduate-level coursework in public health.

Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge in the five core areas of public health — biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences — and apply their knowledge and skills to solving public health problems.

Common Careers
  • Emergency management director
  • Non-governmental health organization manager

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Preparedness: Disaster and Bioterrorism is offered entirely online through Penn State World Campus and gives students the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, mitigate, and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Designed for working emergency management professionals, this certificate is open to candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. The program is ideal for federal, state, or local emergency management officials, public health practitioners, health care providers, hospital administrators or managers, or first responders.

Common Careers
  • Emergency management director
  • Supervisor or administrator in fire, EMT or other emergency services

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The primary goal of the Graduate Certificate in Translational Science, offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences, is to provide a formal, structured program that allows medical and health care professionals to enhance a successful career in translational science.

Courses for the 15-credit programs are available at the Hershey and University Park campuses, as well as online through the World Campus, making the program appropriate for working students.

Common Careers
  • Translational science investigator
  • Translational science program administrator

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