Course Information

  • 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
  • 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
  • Healthcare Economics & Economic Policy
    Introduction to applied economic evaluation, with emphasis on micro-economic theory, cost-effectiveness and economic modeling

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    Principles of infectious disease epidemiology and the use of epidemiologic methods to address infectious diseases of national and international importance.

  • Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
    Introduction to molecular and chronic disease epidemiology and major issues in molecular epidemiologic studies
  • 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.
  • Statistical Computing Using SAS

  • Principles of Health Services Research


  • 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
  • Advanced Epidemiological Methods
    Covers features of study design and multivariable techniques that are commonly used in epidemiologic research
  • Clinical Trials: Design & Analysis
    Introductory course stressing the concepts of statistical design and analysis in biomedical research, with special emphasis on the clinical trial
  • Health Survey Research Methods
    Provides instruction on how to design health research survey questionnaires and how to conduct survey studies
  • Quality of Care Measurement
    Emphasizes the concepts, methods, and measurement issues involved with assessing and improving the quality of health care
  • Decision Analysis
    provides an introduction to the methods and applications of decision analysis in clinical decision making.
  • Research Ethics
    Familiarizes graduate students with the principles of ethical conduct in clinical research.
  • Thesis Research
    Research training to enable the student to advance his/her knowledge about a selected topic in public health sciences.


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


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

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.