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What is Health and Human Development?

Diverse fields of study that share one
common goal: enriching the lives of others.

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It’s a big world out there, with many possible directions for your career—science, business, social sciences, and service. There are tremendous opportunities to do big things, make a mark, step out in new ways, and change the world. 

Explore our Majors

Our majors are rooted in business, health, and science. No matter which direction you choose to go within the College, what remains unchanged is that what we do here and what you learn here is personal. 

Health and Human Development is about how we live our lives.

It’s about how we—as individuals, communities, cultures, and societies—spend our time, how we spend our money, how we take care of ourselves and others, how we play, and why we, as human beings, do what we do. 

There are a variety of other programs that accompany a Health and Human Development degree to help you gain the training needed in your future career. 

Megan Martin and Terry Cummins
Undergraduate Student Spotlight
After Overcoming Addiction, HDFS Student Finds Purpose Through World Campus

Megan Martin found a passion for education and social work after overcoming her own addiction disorder.  Penn State’s World Campus gave her the flexibility she needed to earn her degree.  Learn more about Megan’s story.


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Whatever your interests, whichever direction you want to go—business, science, medicine, healthcare, social science—the Penn State College of Health and Human Development has programs and options that lead to a future where you can do good work, and work while doing good.