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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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Commitment to the health and well-being of children, youth, and families is knitted into the fabric of the College of Health and Human Development and is evident through our teaching, learning, research, and outreach. The outreach programs listed here are opportunities for young people to participate in fun and engaging learning experiences with HHD faculty and staff.

Cook Like a Chef Camp

For over 15 years, the College of Health and Human Development and Department of Nutritional Sciences have offered Cook Like A Chef, a summer youth camp for 11- to 13-year-olds. Over 500 children have participated in this popular day camp held on campus.

Visit the Cook Like a Chef Camp page for additional information.

DNA Camp: DNA and Your Health

The DNA Camp: DNA and Your Health is presented by Penn State’s Department of Biobehavioral Health. This week long program will introduce students in 9th through 12th grade to basic research laboratory techniques for collecting their own saliva and extracting DNA from the sample. Campers will then determine the concentration of this extracted DNA and undertake an investigation to see what DNA changes are found that may provide an insight into their own body's health. Information will be shared on how best to maintain a healthy body and their biological age through diet, exercise and getting the recommended hours of sleep for their age.

Visit the DNA Camp page for additional information.