A graduate student is seen laughing with Dr. Charles Lang, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, center, and Kathy Simon, Director of Graduate Education, right, at the 2018 Faculty and Student Research Retreat. The three are pictured standing in front of a car in a museum.

Master's Programs

Whether you’re looking to expand your career options or plan to continue to a PhD program, a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, anatomy, laboratory animal medicine or public health from Penn State College of Medicine can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. 

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The master's program in Anatomy (MS) at Penn State College of Medicine is a two-year course of study with an emphasis in preparing students for further professional education (such as medicine, dentistry and osteopathy).

In addition to the traditional areas of study including gross anatomy, histology, human embryology and neuroanatomy, the curriculum includes core courses in cell biology, systems biology, biochemistry and physiology, as well as a research component culminating in the oral defense of a written thesis.

Common Careers
  • Doctor
  • Professor
  • Researcher

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Delivered exclusively online through Penn State World Campus, the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in homeland security gives you comprehensive training in a fast-growing field with the convenience of completing coursework from anywhere in the world.

Our curriculum provides a fundamental understanding of homeland security in a global context with the option to specialize in public health preparedness, geospatial intelligence, information security and forensics, or agricultural biosecurity and food defense.

Common Careers
  • Health services administration
  • Healthcare manager
  • Emergency management
  • Facilities management
  • Disaster recovery

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The logo for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is a circle with the words Master's/Doctoral CEPH Accredited and an image of three red and gray interlocking circles.

This integrated undergraduate/graduate (IUG) program is offered by the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State's main campus in University Park and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.

Penn State students at University Park enrolled in either Health Policy and Administration or Biobehavioral Health undergraduate programs can earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health degree as part of this five-year program.

Common Careers
  • Health Legislative Analyst
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Population Health Coordinator
  • Behavioral Health Education Coordinator

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This research-oriented degree is designed for graduate veterinarians (DVM or VMD) interested in further study in the area of comparative medicine.

The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in laboratory animal medicine, including thesis research, generally completed in two years. Although the program follows the general pattern laid out by the graduate school, you can adapt the requirements to your particular interests and needs. We work in a multidisciplinary fashion with all other departments in the College of Medicine.

Common Careers
  • Animal medicine researcher
  • Instructor or professor
  • Animal research facility director

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The logo for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is a circle with the words Master's/Doctoral CEPH Accredited and an image of three red and gray interlocking circles.

In this 42-credit MPH program, you'll 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.

Each student specializes in one of three areas: community and behavioral health, epidemiology and biostatistics, or health systems organization and policy. You’ll also enjoy a high level of faculty-student interaction, supported by an individualized, student-centered approach and small class sizes.

Common Careers
  • Biostatistician
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Research Project Manager
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

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Prepare for a career in health-related research, with an emphasis on hands-on applications of methods in the real world.

You’ll learn population-based methods for planning, executing, analyzing, and disseminating research results. Courses usually fall into three disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research. The 30-credit program is designed for working students; most courses are offered on weekday evenings

Common Careers
  • Academic health center administrator
  • Health insurance director
  • Research analyst

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An intense one-year resident program designed to provide a solid foundation in business, management, and leadership.

This program is targeted at students that have completed their undergraduate degree and want to do a bridge year before starting medical school. This unique early-career program provides a solid business foundation and is taught by the same world-class faculty that teach in the Smeal MBA program.

Common Careers
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Consulting
  • Management
  • Business Analyst

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