Penn State Department of Public Health Sciences

of Public Health Sciences at the Penn State
College of Medicine is located in Hershey
Pennsylvania. Which is 14 miles or so east
of Harrisburg in short range of the local state agencies. We are approximately a 100 miles
from downtown Philadelphia, 200 miles from
downtown Pittsburg. So Penn State with this
numerous campuses serves all of Pennsylvania. But we here in Hershey
serve in particularly the south central region. The mission of the
department is three fold, and that is research, education
and community outreach. We feel that we’ve
developed strong programs in all those areas and
we want to continue to grow and develop it. The Department of Public Health
Sciences has various research, endeavors of pursues. We’ve had funding and success
in cancer epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology,
Tobacco cessation programs areas. And clinical research include
kidney research and asthma clinical trials. AsthmaNet in its current form
has a data coordinating center, which is what the Department
of Public Health Sciences functions as. And 9 other clinical
partnerships throughout the country. And these partnerships include
adult and pediatric researchers in asthma. Our true goal in this particular
network is to try to come up with management practices and
pharmaceutical therapies that could help the patient
to manage their asthma. DAVID MAUGER: AsthmaNet is
a clinical research network founded by the national heart,
lung and blood institute. It involves academic
institutions across the United States. The research that AsthmaNet does
is meant to help the national heart, lung and blood institute
rewrite the guidelines when necessary or to modify
or update the guidelines as new research is done. Many of the trials that we have
done over the last 20 years have impacted the guidelines. VERNO M. CHINCHILLI: We
rank currently number 2 in the country in terms
of our research funding. And so that’s quite an
achievement given our size relative to some of these
other larger schools. CAROL WEISMAN: I would say this
is a great place to come to be in one of our graduate programs
because the faculty are available to help mentor
and connect students to ongoing projects and research
opportunities related to women’s health. For example, one project
is addressing intimate partner violence. Another researcher in the
department is studying the consequences of delivering a
first baby by cesarean section as opposed to vaginally
for subsequent fertility. We’ve known for some time that
there is a deficit in fertility following C-section delivery, but we’re not clear on why and
that project is addressing that. MALE: What do we mean by access? VERNO M. CHINCHILLI: We’ve been
on quite a track for developing new graduate programs,
we’ve introduced the master public health degree and that was
accredited recently. And we also introduce a P.H.D. in biostatistics, more recently
we’ve got approval to initiate the joint M.D.-M.P.H. program. And we will soon start our
doctorate of public health program. DOUGLAS LESLIE: We have a
number of centers within Penn State Public Health and
they all enhance our research and educational missions. One that I direct is called
the center for applied studies and health economics or CASHE. So our center for applied
studies and health economics was designed to enhance the
quality of research done here at the Penn State Medical Center
and elsewhere to incorporate kind of state of the art health
economics and other related research methods. VERNO M. CHINCHILLI: Connection
to the community is a very important component of our
master public health program. Students get involved very
early on in the curriculum with some of the local agencies
in particular the Pennsylvania Department of Health but also
other non-profit public health oriented agencies. CAROL LaREGINA: Public health
is about being out there in the community, you have
to have strong community connections or it’s not
going to work. We have a lot of strong
connections with our partners in the public health arena. One of our largest partners
is the Pennsylvania Department of Health, they cross pretty
much every part of our community-based areas. They’re on our community
advisory board, they’ve given us the
opportunity for many practicums for our M.P.H. students and they also help us with
incorporating practice-based opportunities
into our courses. We have a lot of other
organizations in the area that we work closely with, like
blue cross and blue shield. We work with a
variety of nonprofits, like the Alzheimer’s Association
and we also work with some companies in the area like
the Hershey Corporation. KRISTIN SZNAJDER: We think
it’s very important to offer our students the opportunity
to travel abroad for their international
practical experience. And that’s because through
traveling internationally you have the opportunity to
really gain an international perspective that not only will
benefit communities abroad but will really benefit us
back home here through learning about new innovative solutions. And approaches to health
disparities and health problems in other settings. JESSICA ANNIS: They are
many benefits of studying public health at Penn State
College of Medicine. The faculty here at Penn State
College of Medicine have been phenomenal. They are truly invested in
the success of their students and they take time to learn
your individual interests, strengths and goals. The Department of Public Health
Sciences is very excited about the future in
where we’re heading. There is just plenty of
opportunities for growth and development and we are
right there at the forefront of public health. ♪ [ MUSIC] ♪

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