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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. 

Olivia Krum
Student Spotlight
HHD student Olivia Krum awarded National Udall scholarship

Congrats to Olivia Krum who is the recipient of the 2022 National Udall Undergraduate Scholarship! The scholarship rewards college students for leadership, public service and commitment to Native American issues or the environment.


Nittany Lion welcoming you with students in the background

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.