Numerous resources are available on both the Hershey and University Park campuses for investigators seeking “in-house” expertise with study design, generation of preliminary data, data analysis, and biostatistical support. 

ResourceAreas of ExpertiseCampus Location
Animal Resources Program
(Website accessed through Infonet)
- State-of-the-art that veterinary services
- Regulatory guidance
- Animal use training

Click here to learn more.

Biostatistics Epidemiology Research Design Core- Biostatistical and epidemiological methodologies
- Study design,
- Data management and analysis

Click here to learn more.

Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics (CASHE)

The Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics (CASHE) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary organization, with senior research fellows and directors from a wide range of backgrounds. CASHE investigators have faculty appointments in the Penn State Department of Public Health Sciences (Health Services and Behavioral Research), Penn State College of Medicine (Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Genomics, Surgery and Pediatrics), and the Penn State College of Health and Human Development (Health Policy and Administration). CASHE offices are physically located in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine. On a fee-for-service basis, CASHE provides research expertise in the areas of health services research, health outcomes, health policy, etc. CASHE can also assist investigators with cost analysis, manuscript development, and study design. To learn more or to submit a request for CASHE Consultation, visit the CASHE website.

Clinical Research CenterA key physical resource of the Penn State CTSI, the CRC supports clinical research on a fee for service basis, with discounted rates for NIH-funded studies and trainees. The CRC provides expert nursing care, equipment and state of the art facilities that include approximately 6,800 square feet of space, five patient exam rooms, an interview/consult room, a DXA room, two procedure rooms, three infusion sleep rooms and an exercise room. Hershey
Clinical Trials OfficeThe Clinical Trials Office (CTO) provides centralized support for investigators developing and conducting clinical trials at Penn State Hershey. The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute has a dedicated CTO that provides centralized support for cancer-related clinical trials. 

- Protocol and budget feasibility assessment
- Budget preparation and negotiation,
- Regulatory submission and oversight
- Study coordinator services
-Advertising/recruitment support, and clinical trial placement

Core Facilities

The Penn State College of Medicine has core research facilities that provide shared access to specialized instrumentation and analytical services for the conduct of basic, clinical, and translational research. Core research facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Penn State faculty and external users. User fees are recalculated each year to cover maintenance, consumables, and salary costs. Hershey
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)The Computational and Spatial Analysis Core facilitates the appropriate use of geospatial data in the social sciences and assists researchers in incorporating a spatial perspective into their studies. Core staff stays abreast of technological developments in GIS, spatial analysis, and spatial statistics, and offers resources that will allow investigators to take advantage of new kinds of data services and analytical tools to generate new knowledge and investigate research questions with a spatial perspective.

The core accepts applications (on a rolling basis) from researchers interested in receiving GIS pilot hours that directly support development of external grant proposals with a social/behavioral science component. Click here to learn more about the pilot hours application process.

The Computational and Spatial Analysis Core is part of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the Population Research Institute (PRI) at Penn State.
University Park
Woodward Center

The vision of the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education is to be a community energized to grow together as educators and learners. The mission of the Woodward Center is to cultivate excellence in Health Sciences Education. The Woodward Center offers a variety of programs designed to promote educator development, including monthly lunch-and-learn sessions, workshops focused on educator development, and participation in the Harvard Macy Program for Educators.

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute - Biostatistics Core FacilityBiostatistical support in both design and data analysis for members of the Penn State Hershey Cancer InstituteHershey
Public Health Sciences Data Management ServicesExpertise in the collection, processing and management of clinical research informationHershey
Statistical Consulting CenterFree, short-term statistical consulting to members of the Penn State community.

University Park
Survey Research Center

The Survey Research Center, a division of the Social Science Research Institute, specializes in the collection of human subjects’ data using both traditional and innovative modes of survey data collection. The Center has years of experience with nearly all modes of data collection including telephone surveys, web based and mobile-enabled web surveys, paper and pencil surveys for data entry or scanning, traditional mail surveys, focus groups, mobile technologies, Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA), and in-person personal interviews and observations. The Center has worked with collecting data from representative samples in the general public and targeted and hard-to-reach samples including children in schools, newborns and their families, business managers, alumni & donors, teachers, cancer survivors, prisoners, or individuals enrolled in specific interventions or clinical trials. The Survey Research Center is ready to help efficiently plan, price and implement nearly all data collection needs. University Park
The George T. Harrell Health Sciences LibraryLibrarians at the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library can help answer research questions or provide training opportunities in citation management, literature searching, ScholarSphere (PSU institutional repository), compliance with NIH or NSF public access mandates, copyright, or publishing issues. Please contact the librarians at or call 717-531-8634.