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Focusing on research training — ranging from molecular and cellular physiology to human organ systems — aimed at reducing disease and improving the health of individuals

Program benefits

  • Ranked in the top ten by the National Research Council
  • Pursue your interests in numerous areas of study
  • Use a variety of disease models and approaches spanning cells to humans
  • Faculty who hold primary appointments in many different departments
  • Your choice of studying at one of two Penn State campuses
  • Outstanding research facilities at both campuses to train and support students
  • Begin developing your own portfolio of innovative research

Two campuses to choose from

  • University Park (Penn State’s “main” campus)
  • Hershey (home of the Penn State College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Financial aid

All applicants are automatically considered for financial support. However, financial support is awarded preferentially to students pursuing a PhD degree.

Students receiving financial support (stipend plus tuition grant-in-aid) will be funded for their full period of study (including summer semesters), provided they remain in good standing and maintain satisfactory progress.

Faculty Spotlight
Professor of Bioengineering
Physiology graduate students talk about the program and why they like it. Read the transcript.
Immunology and Infectious Diseases Ph.D. candidate Emily Finch and faculty researcher Dr. Sandeep Prabhu study relationships between diet and disease. Video profile: Emily Finch & Sandeep Prabhu - Full article
Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology and Intercollege Program in Physiology, part of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, have received a $1,353,144, five-year pre-doctoral training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Training program for kinesiology, physiology students receives $1.3M grant - Full article
The drug letrozole results in higher birth rates in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than the current preferred infertility treatment drug, according to a nationwide study led by Penn State College of Medicine researchers including Richard Legro. Letrozole may help women with PCOS become pregnant - Full article