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Welcome to Penn State Public Health Sciences

The Department of  Public Health Sciences is well positioned in the dynamic and supportive environment at Penn State College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to foster discovery and growth in the areas of education, research, and practice. Our commitment to improving the health of the population is unparalleled in the region.

As national leaders in research, education and outreach, they aim to advance theory and practice that prepares future public health professionals, improves population health, and reduces health disparities – across communities in Pennsylvania, the nation, and internationally.

The Department of Public Health Sciences strives for excellence in the design, conduct, and analysis of population-based research, including clinical trials, observational studies, health services research, and regulatory and translational science. Our work has impacted national clinical, regulatory, and public health decision-making.


Message from the Chair

As Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey, I welcome you to the PHS web site. PHS comprises three academic divisions:

PHS houses three centers:

PHS is also home to several graduate programs:

As part of the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Homeland Security, PHS offers:

The MPH degree focuses on the practice of public health. The MS program focuses on the methodology of clinical research.  The PhD program focuses on the methodology and application of biostatistics to biomedical and clinical research.  The MPS degree focuses upon the preparedness of public health and the health care system for disasters and emergencies.

In addition, PHS includes Research Support units such as Data Management, Research Computing, Project Management, Finance and Operations.

Please take the time to fully explore our web site and learn about our unique research and educational programs.

Vernon M. Chinchilli, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Public Health Sciences

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