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Public Health MS

Developing Knowledge for Health-Related Research

The Penn State Master of Science in Public Health Sciences is a 30-credit degree program that provides the knowledge and insight required for careers in health-related research.

Students learn population-based methods for planning, executing, analyzing and disseminating research results.

The program emphasizes hands-on applications of methods in the real world. Courses usually fall into three disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research.

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About the Program

Curriculum

Students in the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences Program complete a series of core courses and electives, as well as a thesis research project.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Scientific Communication
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Services Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Economics
  • Research Ethics
  • Decision Analysis
  • Clinical Trials

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In this video, Dr. Vernon Chinchilli, Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, and others talk about public health programs at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Student Resources

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.

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Students sit in the recently remodeled Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in July 2016.
Students sit in the recently remodeled Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in July 2016.

Campus Life

Student Housing

Housing is available to Penn State College of Medicine students, residents and postdocs in University Manor East and West apartment complexes. One of the complexes is pictured as seen from a higher floor of a nearby building, with a road and trees framing it in the background.
Housing in University Manor apartments is available to Penn State College of Medicine students.

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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Life in Hershey, PA

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Hershey, PA, is known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth."

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.

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