College launches new Master of Public Health degree program

The Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine recently welcomed its inaugural class of the Penn State Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. The new program, which began in August, has attracted a first class of 14 outstanding students from diverse backgrounds to the College of Medicine.

The Penn State MPH students, ranging in age from 22-58 years old, will add a unique perspective to the graduate student body in Hershey. They hold various degrees and hail from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and as far away as Puerto Rico, Nigeria and China. The majority of the students (64 percent) represent racial and ethnic minority groups.

The Penn State MPH program aims to advance theory and practice that improve population health, reduce health disparities and prepare future public health leaders – across Pennsylvania’s communities and the nation – through excellence in education, research and service. Students build knowledge in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration and social and behavioral health sciences. The 47-credit MPH program can be completed in two or more years on a full- or part-time basis. Students have the opportunity to specialize in Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or Health Services Organization and Policy. All courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who work during the day, and several required and elective courses can be completed at Penn State’s University Park, Harrisburg and Great Valley campuses.

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Last Updated September 01, 2011