Program Summary

Learn to respond to natural and man-made disasters with appropriate emergency management strategies for public health preparedness. This online master's degree program is the only homeland security program in the country using curriculum from a medical school, the Penn State College of Medicine.

How To Apply
Apply by November 15 to start January 19

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

33 Credits $924 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

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, 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 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.

Online Graduate Certificates

Penn State offers online graduate certificates in homeland security, including the Graduate Certificate in Hospital and Health System Preparedness and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health Preparedness. 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.

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.