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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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Degree: Bachelor of Science

Examining the influence of genetics, biology, behavior, and environment on health over the lifespan

You might like this program if you

  • Excel in science and want to understand the multiple factors that impact health.
  • Enjoy studying information within the context of multiple disciplines (e.g. biology, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology, etc.).
  • Seek a health-related career in a clinical practice, laboratory, or consulting capacity.

Types of classes you’ll take

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Ethics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Possible careers*

  • Medicine, including Physician Assistant, Nurse,
  • Physician, and Health Care Support Staff
  • Global or Community Health Promotion
  • Biomedical Research and Technical Support
  • Laboratory Management
  • Pharmaceutical Research or Sales
  • Genetic Counseling

*Note: Some careers may require graduate study.

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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.