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All courses follow the Penn State academic calendar. The fall term runs from late August to late December, the spring term runs from early January through early May, and the summer term runs from mid-May to early August.

All courses are taught between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM on Monday through Thursday. Two (2) and three (3) credit courses are typically offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. One (1) credit courses are typically offered on Wednesday evening.

It is possible to acquire 15 Penn State credits in two terms by attending classes three nights per week. Typically classes contain an invigorating mix of physicians, nurses, graduate students and allied health professionals.

Fall Semester

  • PHS 518: Scientific Communication  A survey of the formats in which medical science is presented, with exercises in the preparation of abstracts, manuscripts, and grant applications, including illustrations.
  • PHS 520: Principles of Biostatistics  Introduction to the application of techniques and interpretation of results that are commonly used to plan, analyze, and report clinical and health services research.
  • PHS 550: Principles of Epidemiology  Introduction to the features of study design that are commonly used in epidemiologic research, providing real-life examples of various analytic techniques.
  • PHS 552: Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease  Introduction to molecular and chronic disease epidemiology and major issues in molecular epidemiologic studies
  • PHS 553: Infectious Disease Epidemiology  Principles of infectious disease epidemiology and the use of epidemiologic methods to address infectious diseases of national and international importance.
  • PHS 570: Health Economics & Economic Evaluation  Introduction to applied economic evaluation, with emphasis on micro-economic theory, cost-effectiveness and economic modeling.
  • PHS 597B: Statistical Computing Using SAS
  • PHS 597C: Principles of Health Services Research

Spring Semester

  • PHS 500: Research Ethics for Clinical Investigators  Familiarizes graduate students with the principles of ethical conduct in clinical research.
  • PHS 521: Applied Biostatistics  An intermediate course that provides more in-depth development of analytical topics covered in Intro to Biostats, such as analysis of variance and regression techniques
  • PHS 551: Advanced Epidemiological Methods  Covers features of study design and multivariable techniques that are commonly used in epidemiologic research
  • PHS 580: Clinical Trials: Design & Analysis  Introductory course stressing the concepts of statistical design and analysis in biomedical research, with special emphasis on the clinical trial
  • PHS 535: Quality of Care Measurement  Emphasizes the concepts, methods, and measurement issues involved with assessing and improving the quality of health care
  • PHS 536: Health Survey Research Methods  Provides instruction on how to design health research survey questionnaires and how to conduct survey studies
  • PHS 540: Decision Analysis  Provides an introduction to the methods and applications of decision analysis in clinical decision making.
  • PHS 600: Thesis Research   Research training to enable the student to advance his/her knowledge about a selected topic in public health sciences.


  • PHS 511: Methods Used in Translational Research  Designed to familiarize clinicians with state-of-the-art laboratory techniques as they apply to translational research studies
  • PHS 522: Multivariate Biostatistics  Focuses on advanced topics in biostatistics involving multivariate responses in biomedical research
  • PHS 801: Data Management  Developing and implementing a plan for managing clinical research data


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