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Undergraduate student Matthew Quillen, associate professor Caprice Knapp and Julia Downing, Honorary Professor at Makerere University, Uganda, and director of education and research at International Children’s Palliative Care Network, studied pediatric pain management in Uganda for ailments such as HIV, sickle cell disease and cancer.

Aligning with the idea that healthy emotional development in children can predict success later in life, the College of Health and Human Development offers a variety of courses focused on building empathy through skills and experience. One such course has been offered for more than 40 years.

Penn State students are helping to promote an annual grassroots effort to encourage Centre County residents to incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives.

Students in the College of Health and Human Development often find careers in fields that serve the homeless. Whether they are administrators of health care facilities, managers of social services, physicians, counselors, or any number of other service-related careers, students will likely, at some point in their career, work with people wrestling with homelessness.

Penn State alumnus W. Russell McDaid has been named president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

During October and November 2015, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) presented six awards to honor organizations and individuals who took leadership roles in rural health causes. The awards were presented in venues throughout the commonwealth by Lisa Davis, director of PORH and outreach associate professor of health policy and administration at Penn State.

Jennifer Scanlon has been named the new co-curricular program manager for the online Master of Health Administration program, a collaboration between Penn State World Campus and the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration. The co-curricular program manager of the online MHA program manages its day-to-day operations.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.

Steven Wagman, a 1982 Penn State graduate with a degree in health planning and administration, now known as the health policy and administration program (HPA), fully subscribes to the philosophy of “paying it forward.”

Penn State will offer a new joint degree program that will offer students the opportunity to pursue degrees in law and health administration, preparing them for compliance, legal, policy and regulatory careers in the health care field.

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