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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

Creating engaging life experiences that transform health, well-being, and quality of life  

You might like this program if you

  • Are a curious, creative, hands-on experiential learner.
  • Enjoy designing, planning, and coordinating programs and special events for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes.
  • Have a desire to help others enjoy themselves, reach their full potential, connect with others, and explore.
  • Want to gain an understanding about how people spend their time outside of work contributes to the overall quality of life for a community, society, and the world.
  • Want to apply business and communication principles
  • in settings associated with recreation, entertainment,
  • and leisure.


Types of classes you’ll take

  • Leisure and Human Behavior
  • Management and Marketing
  • Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • Facilities Planning and Management
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Possible careers

  • Tourism and Event Management
  • Entertainment and Sport Venue Management
  • Outdoor Adventure Recreation/Education
  • Community Recreation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Youth and Senior Recreation Services
  • Professional Golf Management
    • PGA General Manager
    • PGA Director of Golf
    • PGA Teaching Professional
    • PGA Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Fitness Center Management
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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.