M.P.S. Online

Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness

12 months
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 33231 USD/year
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Learn to respond to natural and man-made disasters with appropriate emergency management strategies for public health preparedness. This online Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness master's degree program at Pennsylvania State University is the only homeland security program in the country using curriculum from a medical school, the Penn State College of Medicine.


The online intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness at Pennsylvania State University, offered in partnership with Penn State Hershey College of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences, 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 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure
  • Veterinary Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Surveillance Systems
  • Disaster Communication
  • Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management
  • Root Causes of Terrorism
  • Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection of Health Care Delivery Systems

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores — Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application. 
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33231 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Homeland Security - Public Health Preparedness
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