Sattha Riyapan and Austin Cohrs, both alumni of the Master of Public Health program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, discuss a poster being presented. The two men are at left in the photo, pointing toward a large research poster.

Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH)

Earn Two Degrees in Five Years

The Penn State College of Health and Human Development has partnered with Penn State College of Medicine to offer an accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program for undergraduates at University Park enrolled in either Health Policy and Administration or Biobehavioral Health undergraduate degree programs.

Penn State students enrolled in the integrated undergraduate/graduate program have four years to complete their undergraduate coursework at University Park, then complete their MPH degree at the College of Medicine in Hershey the following year.

Students can specialize in one of the following tracks:

  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Global Health
  • Health Systems Organization and Policy

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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

Program Requirements

Penn State Biobehavioral Health and Health Policy and Administration students interested in the accelerated MPH program must have a GPA of 3.25 or above.

Students apply to the accelerated program during their junior undergraduate year through the Graduate School at Penn State. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15.

The MPH degree requires 42 credits, of which 12 can be double-counted. Accepted students take some graduate-level courses during their senior year of their undergraduate degree.

See application details here.

Accreditation

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.

The Accelerated MPH degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

To request a copy of our accreditation self-study document and final accreditation report, please email Carol LaRegina at claregin@phs.psu.edu.