Incoming students in the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine participate in orientation activities in July 2016. Three students are pictured sitting at a table in a conference room, talking to each other while completing paperwork.

Combined Programs

Pursuing a combined degree program is an exciting — and challenging — way to push the boundaries of your education. Many students choose to take advantage of their time at Penn State College of Medicine to gain vital experience in research, business or public health. Our combined programs expand your career opportunities.

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Learn the skills to work at the intersection of laboratory findings and early clinical trials, rapidly turning scientific discoveries into new medicines.

Students in our NIH-support Medical Scientist Training Program can pursue graduate studies in anatomy, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, engineering sciences and mechanics, neuroscience, or physiology.

Common Careers
  • Academic medical school faculty
  • Academic leadership
  • Investigator at a research institute
  • Investigator in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry

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For students interested in the business of healthcare, this five-year program prepares you for a variety of career options in biotechnology, consulting, or a related field.

You’ll spend the first three years completing the medical school curriculum, your fourth year completing the Penn State Smeal MBA Program’s first-year curriculum, and your fifth year participating in a mix of work in both business and medicine.

Common Careers
  • Consultant
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Biotechnology executive
  • Entrepreneur

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This five-year program is for students who have a special interest in public health, community health, and behavior change, and who want to incorporate this into their medical practice.

You’ll take one year off between your third and fourth years of medical school to complete 27 MPH credits, including a practicum and a capstone project.

Common Careers
  • Academic medical school faculty
  • International health researcher
  • Nonprofit or non-governmental organization administrator

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For students interested in the business of biomedical sciences, this program prepares you for a range of leadership positions in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or healthcare industries.

Requirements for the MBA component are typically completed by taking evening classes at the Harrisburg campus of Penn State University.

Common Careers
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Investigator at a research institute
  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology company executive

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The Penn State Clinical & Translational Science Institute has established a dual-title PhD program in Clinical and Translational Sciences that brings together a range of courses, from statistics and epidemiology to scientific communication and bioinformatics.

The coursework, combined with a required internship experience, faculty mentoring, and exposure to CTSI tools and resources, gives students the broad base of knowledge needed to launch a career in clinical and translational science. Students graduate with a PhD in a concentration of their choice with the dual title in Clinical & Translational Sciences.

Common Careers
  • Investigator at a research institute
  • Investigator in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry

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