Masters Degrees

The College of Medicine offers several specialized masters degree programs.

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate degree program is a professional practice training program for careers in the field of public health.  The MPH program focuses on three pillars of public health: Education, Research, and Service in public health.  The core MPH courses provide knowledge in five areas of public health principles and practice: Environmental Health Sciences, Biostatistics, Health Services Administration, Epidemiology, and Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.  In addition to completing foundation-level public health coursework, students will choose one of three areas of concentration within this graduate degree: Health Services Organization and Policy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or Community and Behavioral Health.  Public Health graduate degree students also will be required to complete six credits of public health practicum work.  The Penn State MPH program has a thematic focus on the Central Pennsylvania region and rural health, but will prepare professionals who can work in any public health practice environment, domestically or globally.

Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security (M.P.S. - H.L.S.)

The intercollege Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness, offered exclusively online, is for professionals in the field of health care and in other disciplines related to homeland security.  This is the first master's degree of its kind to focus on public health preparedness.  In addition to the Master degree, the College of Medicine also offers an online graduate certificate in Public Health Preparedness: Bioterrorism and Disaster is designed to improve your understanding of all-hazards planning and coordination including both natural disasters and terrorist attacks, and the public health sector's response to such events.

Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Master of Science in Laboratory Animal Medicine offered by the Department of Comparative Medicine provides a broad foundation in the specialty of laboratory animal medicine upon which the individual can build a career in teaching and research and/or in the professional direction of research animal facilities. The training program utilizes a combination of didactic courses, development and completion of a research thesis project, and development of clinical and administrative skills through experience. The Master of Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of the required course work and thesis project. Applicants to the program must have a degree in veterinary medicine.

Public Health Sciences

The Master of Science in Public Health Sciences provides the knowledge and training required for careers in health-related research. Students learn population-based methods for planning, executing, analyzing, and disseminating research results. Students also learn methods for evaluating and improving health care practices. Courses generally fall into three disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research. While theoretical considerations are covered, both the certificate and master's degree program options emphasize hands-on applications of methods in real world settings.


The Master of Science in Anatomy is an academic degree awarded for the satisfactory completion of  coursework (gross and microscopic human anatomy, embryology, and neuroanatomy) and original research.  The objectives of this program are (i) preparation for academic teaching at undergraduate, graduate, and professional institutions (e.g., medical, nursing, physical therapy schools), (ii) demonstration of competency for admission to professional programs (e.g., medical school, dental school), and (iii) training for positions in academic or industry-related research.