Akua Sarfo, a student in the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine, is seen in a College laboratory in April 2017. Sarfo is pictured looking at the camera, standing in front of a microscope while wearing a white lab coat. She is surrounded by other laboratory equipment.

Combined Degrees

Pursuing a combined degree 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 degrees expand your career opportunities.

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Integrated clinical and research training prepares students for careers as clinicians and translational biomedical researchers.

Students in our NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program can pursue graduate studies in anthropology; bioinformatics and genomics; biomedical sciences; engineering sciences and mechanics; molecular, cellular and integrated biosciences; or neuroscience.

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

Explore MD/PhD

For students interested in the business of healthcare, this five-year course of study 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 course of study 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 course of study 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.

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

Explore PhD/MBA

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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