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Graduate Degree Programs

Public Health Sciences (PHS)

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VERNON M. CHINCHILLI, Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA 17033


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The Graduate Faculty


The Program

The Master's Program in Public Health Sciences includes graduate-level course work in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, and provides knowledge and insight required in health related research. Students learn population-based methods for planning, executing, analyzing, and disseminating research results, and methods for evaluating and improving health care practices.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Prospective applicants for this program should have at least a bachelor's degree in a biological, physical, or behavioral science. Please see the program web page for specific program application requirements.

Master's Degree Requirements

Each student in Public Health Sciences is expected to acquire breadth of knowledge in the disciplines of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Health Services Research, and skills in the areas of experimental design, data collection and quantitative analysis. The PHS Master of Science degree can lead to careers in a wide variety of fields and settings, including academic health centers; the health insurance industry; health services networks; local, state, and federal government agencies; and the pharmaceutical industry. Each student must complete at least 30 credits at the 500 level or higher. Each student must submit an original Master's thesis according to the guidelines outlined by the Graduate School.

Prescribed Courses: 16 credits

PHS 500(1), PHS 520(3), PHS 521(3), PHS 536(3), PHS 550(3), PHS 551(3)

Additional Courses: 11 credits

PHS 510(3), PHS 511(1), PHS 518(1), PHS 519(2), PHS 522(3), PHS 535(3), PHS 540(1), PHS 541(1), PHS 552(3), PHS 560(1), PHS 561(1), PHS 570(3), PHS 580(3), PHS 581(1)

Research Courses: 3 credits

PHS 594(3)

Thesis Research: 6 credits

PHS 600 (6)

Courses in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) and Statistics (STAT) may be taken as elective courses and will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.



STATISTICS (STAT) course list



Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-07-021

Review Date: 06/21/2011

Faculty linked: 8/14/14


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