MSPHS Curriculum

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

Most courses are taught between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM on Monday through Thursday, according to a specific semester course sequence. Only 500 level courses can be counted toward the MS PHS degree.

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.

PHS 518  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.

PHS 520  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.

PHS 529  Biostatistical Computing for Public Health  Provides experience in intermediate and advanced usage of a biostatistical software package for public health data analyses.

PHS 530  Principles of Health Services Research  A foundation course on the principles of health services research and the methods used to conduct health services research.

PHS 536  Health Survey Research Methods  Provides instruction on how to design health research survey questionnaires and how to conduct survey studies.

PHS 550  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.

PHS 552  Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease  Introduction to molecular and chronic disease epidemiology and major issues in molecular epidemiological studies

PHS 553  Infectious Disease Epidemiology  Principles of infectious disease epidemiology and the use of epidemiologic methods to address infectious diseases of national and international importance.

PHS 570  Health Economics & Economic Evaluation  Introduction to applied economic evaluation, with emphasis on micro-economic theory, cost-effectiveness and economic modeling.

PHS 500  Research Ethics for Clinical Investigators  Familiarizes graduate students with the principles of ethical conduct in clinical research.

PHS 521  Applied Biostatistics  An intermediate course that provides more in-depth development of analytical topics covered in Principles of Biostatistics, such as analysis of variance and regression techniques

PHS 535  Quality of Care Measurement Emphasizes the concepts, methods, and measurement issues involved with assessing and improving the quality of health care

PHS 540  Decision Analysis  Provides an introduction to the methods and applications of decision analysis in clinical decision making.

PHS 551  Advanced Epidemiological Methods  Covers features of study design and multivariate techniques that are commonly used in epidemiological research

PHS 580  Clinical Trials Introduction to the concepts of statistical design and analysis in biomedical research, with special emphasis on the clinical trial

PHS 600  Thesis Research   Research training to enable the student to advance his/her knowledge about a selected topic in public health sciences.

PHS 522  Multivariate Biostatistics  Focuses on advanced topics in biostatistics involving multivariate responses in biomedical research

PHS 801  Data Management  Developing and implementing a plan for managing clinical research data