Welcome to Penn! Here's a list of items to help you get started in the MPH program:


First things first:

  • If you do not already have one, create your PennKey. You will recieve a PennKey setup code via email by the end of June from the University, which will help you create your PennKey and password. If you have submitted your enrollment fee and do not recieve your PennKey set up code, email PennKey support services at
  • Fill out a request for an Access Key. This key allows you entry to buildings in the School of Medicine where you will have classes. You can bring the request form with you to orientation. The access key itself can then be picked up from the Security Office at 109 Stellar-Chance Laboratories between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm weekdays.
  • Don't forget to request a time to meet with MPH faculty this summer to help you develop a plan of study. A meeting schedule will be available soon!


Once you have a PennKey:

  • Login to Campus Express by using your PennKey username and password for information about your PennCard ID, parking, transportation and dinning plans.
  • Course registration can be done using Penn InTouch. Students must have already created their PennKey and password through Campus Express before they are able to access the registration system. We will email detailed instructions about the registration process and course offerings, but in the meantime you can browse sample plans of study here.
  • To request an email address through the School of Medicine (SOM), click here.



  • The Office of Masters Programs in the School of Medicine requires all students to complete the two trainings listed below. We recommend that you complete these prior to the start of classes in September. They are completed online on the university Knowledgelink site.
    • HIPAA = regarding patients' privacy rights.
    • CITI = concerns the regulations pertaining to the design, conduct or reporting of human subjects research, per IRB requirements. Take the Social/Behavioral Research Course - Basic (NOT the Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research course. Instructions can be found here).
  • To access the trainings, log in with your PennKey and password. On the Required Training screen, you will see the courses you must take. Click on the green START button to complete a course.
  • To print your Certificate of Completion, return to the home page in Knowledge Link.
    Click on Training Record in the menu on the left side of the screen.
    Find your tranining and click on the Certificate icon. You may then print or download your Certificate. Please send your Certificates to or bring them with you to orientation.
  • All HIPAA questions need to be addressed to
  • All Knowledge Link questions need to be addressed to

New student orientation:


Student health:

  • All full-time students are required to have acceptable health insurance coverage for both in-patient and outpatient medical care in the Philadelphia area and to provide information about their insurance coverage each year. Sign up for student health insurance or complete Student Health Insurance Waiver.
  • As a condition of enrollment the University of Pennsylvania requires all incoming students to be immunized against certain diseases and to submit this information. You can do this here.




Join our community:

  • There are many ways to follow public health news and events at Penn! You'll automatically be added to a email digest list for current students. In addition, the Center for Public Health Initatives has a Twitter and Facebook page you can follow. We're also starting a public health blog for student, faculty and local public health news.
  • You can also learn about the Penn Public Health Society and follow them on Facebook.


Other resources: