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

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PHP Graduate Spotlight

Lt. Col. Guy Moon in the field in Afghanistan
Recent World Campus graduate Lt. Col. Guy Moon began his studies in the public health preparedness program while serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard, but finished his degree while on assignment in Afghanistan.

A Homeland Security Degree with a Public Health Preparedness Option

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.

Why Penn State for Your Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness Education

  • 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.
  • Penn State offers five online certificates including the Public Health Preparedness: Disaster and Bioterrorism Graduate Certificate. The 12 credits you earn in the certificate may be applied toward the Master's in Homeland Security Public Health Preparedness option.

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.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

As a graduate with this option, you can work in such occupations as:

  • health services administration
  • health care manager
  • emergency management
  • facilities management
  • disaster recovery
  • education
  • policy planning
  • public health
  • health research

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.