Preparing for Careers in Public Health
The Penn State Master of Public Health (MPH) is a 45-credit degree program preparing students for exciting careers in public health.
Students gain knowledge and skills in the five core areas of public health: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences.
Students specialize in one of three public health tracks: Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Systems Organization and Policy.
As part of the MPH program, every student participates in both an internship and a capstone experience designed to take their knowledge into the workplace.
About the Program
Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program complete a series of core courses as well as electives in one of three specialty tracks:
- Community & Behavioral Health - Advanced instruction in health promotion and disease prevention.
- Epidemiology & Biostatistics - Advanced instruction in the quantitative sciences, with a focus on applied epidemiological methods and practice.
- Health Systems Organization & Policy - A focus on healthcare delivery models and systems, health economics, and applied policy.
The MPH degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
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Global Health Opportunities
Penn State College of Medicine's program in international health within the Master of Public Health degree reflects the University's broader commitment to improve the well-being and health of individuals and communities and to promote a global understanding through integrated programs in education, research, and service. The program partners with international institutions to give students an opportunity to study health in different settings.
Global Health Graduate Internship Program
International fieldwork is a critical step for students to gain practical experience in global health. Each summer, this program sends MPH students abroad to India, Ghana, Taiwan and other international sites. These International field experiences can fulfill the program’s practicum requirement. While abroad, students engage with the local community to address identified local public health issues.
Students are also able to participate in a domestic global health internship to fulfill the practicum requirement.
Global Health Exchange Partnership
The Public Health Program hosts a group of incoming health professional graduate students from international partner sites for two weeks in the summer. The program features educational lectures by faculty, shadowing and observational learning, visits to regional and national public health organizations, and cultural exchange of public health topics with public health students.
A number of workshops on global health topics are offered, such as Writing for Health Policy and Advocacy.
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Penn State College of Medicine strives to create the best culture of respect and inclusion for our students. A number of programs, services and facilities are available.
- Cognitive Skills Program
- Culture of Respect in Education Initiative
- Disability Services
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
- Student Mental Health & Counseling
Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdocs and visiting scholars.
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Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.