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Master of Science in Public Health Sciences MS PHS


From the Director

In the dynamic world of health care careers, demand is growing for people with the skills to collect, organize, and interpret scientific data related to the distribution of disease among populations, disease risk factors, and the interrelation between health care delivery processes and health outcomes.

The Master of Science in Public Health Sciences program at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine provides the knowledge and insight required for careers in health related research. Students learn population–based methods for planning, executing, analyzing, and disseminating research results.

While theoretical considerations are covered, the program emphasizes hands-on applications of methods in the real world. Courses usually fall into three disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research.

The graduate program in Public Health Sciences is designed to fit your busy life. Most courses are offered on weekday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 PM, so you can keep your part- or full-time job while advancing your education.

Please browse our program website to discover the options for taking graduate level courses, whether as a degree candidate, certificate candidate, or non-degree student. You also can find degree requirements, descriptions of our course offerings and course schedules, and information about admission criteria and the application process.

Kristen Kjerulff, PhD
Professor, Division of Health Services Research, Department of Public Health Sciences
Director, Master of Science in Public Health Sciences Program

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