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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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The research possibilities in Biobehavioral health are extensive. There are world-class faculty members and researchers examining multiple health-related studies. These include research on smoking, sleep, stress, global health, genetics, and obesity.

As a student in Biobehavioral Health, you can have the opportunity to work with these researchers in some of Penn State’s leading laboratories. You can gain experience working with subjects, collecting data, interviewing individuals. You can get experience and familiarity with the equipment and the processes involved in the research process.


Practical, hands-on experiences outside the classroom are essential to career preparation. As a student in Biobehavioral Health, you will have the opportunity to take part in internships to enhance your professional experience and learning opportunities. The hope is that an internship will help you prepare for your future career.

In addition to being an excellent learning opportunity, you can also build your professional network.

To help you through the process, you will have support form faculty members and advisers as you identify and apply to internships. You will also have support from our large and dedicated alumni base.