The Penn State College of Medicine Nittany Lion statue is seen surrounded by plants in the central courtyard of the College in June 2016.

About Penn State College of Medicine

Preparing Leaders in Medicine and Medical Science

Penn State College of Medicine (and its academic partners, Penn State Health and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center) are committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

Our vision is to be a world leader in the transformation of health care and in the enhancement of health for people everywhere.

Who We Are

Penn State College of Medicine is part of an academic medical group that also includes:

  • Penn State Health, a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties in central Pennsylvania and employing more than 16,800 people systemwide;
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a 551-bed, tertiary-care facility that serves central Pennsylvania;
  • Penn State Health Children's Hospitalalso in Hershey, the only Level I pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; and
  • multiple other hospitals and outpatient practice sites across Berks, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Virtual Tour

An aerial view of Penn State Health and College of Medicine's campus in Hershey, Pa.

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health created a virtual tour.

The 360-degree tour helps those interested in the campus explore facilities in Hershey, Pa., and also provides highlights from some of the college’s and health system’s other facilities.

Explore the tour

About the Hershey Area

A map shows the relative positions of Hershey, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Central Pennsylvania is known for its natural beauty, low cost of living and diverse experiences.

Just like the surrounding area, Penn State College of Medicine offers an inclusive and welcoming environment toward people from all walks of life.

Learn more about what makes the greater Hershey/Harrisburg region a happy and healthy place to live.

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Leadership

College of Medicine faculty are dedicated to educating, guiding, and nurturing students, postdocs, residents and fellows. The leadership team comprises experienced, forward-looking health care providers, scholars and researchers.

History

Penn State College of Medicine's story began in 1963, when the Milton S. Hershey Foundation gave $50 million to The Pennsylvania State University to establish a medical school in Hershey. It was the first medical school in the nation to have a dedicated Department of Humanities and a Department of Family and Community Medicine.

A Penn State College of Medicine student uses an automated, touchless temperature scanner before entering the building due to COVID-19.
Penn State College of Medicine is committed to the safety and health of its students in light of COVID-19. Among other precautions, the college has employed automated touchless temperature scanning at its entrances. Learn more about the College of Medicine's coronavirus response here.

Medical and Graduate Training

Medical Education

The College of Medicine prepares students to become patient-centric physicians and physician assistants. The MD Program, with curriculum in both Hershey and State College, Pa., provides unique learning opportunities, such as the patient navigator program and a longitudinal humanities curriculum. The 3+ accelerated pathways incorporate three years of medical school with early entrance into residency in several specialties. The Physician Assistant Program emphasizes critical thinking skills, compassionate care and improving health in an efficient and cost-conscious manner.

Graduate Education

The College of Medicine offers a variety of educational programs leading to advanced degrees. Diverse students from all over the world come to Hershey to pursue a range of studies. Learn more about MD/PhD Physician Scientist Training Program, our MD/MBA Program, our MD/MPH Program, the DrPH Doctor of Public Health Program, PhD Programs and Master's Programs, as well as Certificate Programs.

Community Outreach

Outreach to the local community is key to the Penn State College of Medicine experience.

From participation in a collaborative workgroup to identify the health needs in the area, to student-run LionCare medical clinics, Penn State College of Medicine faculty, staff and students help make the greater Hershey and State College areas a better and healthier place to live and work.

Read more about community outreach.

Global Health

Penn State College of Medicine provides many opportunities for students interested in international health, including challenges that commonly present a greater burden to disadvantaged populations.

From immersive trips to a number of partner sites around the world to electives focusing on caring for underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad, the global health focus helps Penn State College of Medicine students make a difference in the world community.

Read more about global health.

Excellence in Research

Research Vision

As part of an academic health center, Penn State College of Medicine provides aspiring graduate students with an unparalleled opportunity and distinctive setting to obtain their training, whether through laboratory or field research.

Research Goals

The College of Medicine is focused on:

  • Becoming a recognized leader in comprehensive health research, research education and translational sciences
  • Developing and applying artificial intelligence tools to medicine, health maintenance, research and education

Explore current research at the College of Medicine.

Biomedical Sciences PhD student Joseph Cirilo is seen in a College of Medicine laboratory in March 2020.
Biomedical Sciences PhD student Joseph Cirilo is seen in a College of Medicine laboratory in 2020.