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Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness Option, Master

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Penn State's online intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security with an option in Public Health Preparedness can give you the knowledge and skills to respond efficiently and effectively to natural and man-made disasters. 


By completing this program, you will be equipped to adapt to a catastrophe and its aftermath. The knowledge and skills learned from Penn State’s online program have helped our graduates fill leadership roles in  public health, education, health care, emergency management, and the military.

Penn State’s online public health preparedness program is unique because it is the country’s first online homeland security curricula from a medical school, the Penn State College of Medicine.

Who Should Apply?

The iMPS in homeland security degree — public health preparedness option is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree. The degree is ideal for federal, state, and local emergency management officials, public health practitioners, health care providers, hospital administrators and managers, and first responders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs
  • Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues
  • Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency
  • Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies I

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores
  • English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
  • References (3) -  you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names and email addresses of three references.
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose — A statement of no more than 500 words explaining to the admissions committee how your professional experience and goals relate to the program to which you are applying. 

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    886 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 886 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • National

    886 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 886 USD per credit and a duration of .
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