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Penn State students interested in a career in health policy and administration recently had a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and health care system of Costa Rica. Led by instructor Celeste Newcomb, 10 students enrolled in the course "Exploring the Health Care System in Costa Rica," HPA 499, visited the Central American country.


Fourteen Penn State faculty members have been honored with the title of "distinguished professor" in recognition of their academic contributions to the University.


A novel approach to fostering relationships, Story Circle, a 90-minute facilitated discussion hosted by the Center for Healthy Aging in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State in collaboration with theater professional Joan Lipkin, provides an opportunity for college students and older adults to engage in settings conducive to conversation and understanding.


The Global Health Minor, offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health and open to all Penn State students, includes a capstone six-week field work requirement in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.


The Global Health minor, offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health and open to all Penn State students, includes a capstone six-week field work requirement in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.


For first-year Penn State student Emmanuel “Manny” Houndo, it was a pivotal moment in his life when Beyoncé shared a YouTube video of him playing her song, “Drunk in Love,” on his violin. Houndo, now a student at Penn State, is a dual major studying music (classical violin) and health policy and administration. He is the only freshman first violinist in the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra.


For first-year Penn State student Emmanuel “Manny” Houndo, it was a pivotal moment in his life when Beyoncé shared a YouTube video of him playing her song, “Drunk in Love,” on his violin. Houndo, now a student at Penn State, is a dual major studying music (classical violin) and health policy and administration. He is the only freshman first violinist in the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra.


Nate Ashton, son of Bill and Kelley Ashton, both of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, will serve as the college marshal for the College of Health and Human Development at the Penn State commencement ceremony.


About 25 percent of Americans are residents of rural communities. Urban and suburban residents typically have access to public transportation, innovative medical care, and cutting-edge prevention programs; however, rural residents often do not have such resources.


Paul Kempinski, president of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, said he understands the importance of cultivating and mentoring the next generation of leaders. That’s why Kempinski, a 1982 Penn State alumnus and enterprise vice president for Nemours Children’s Health System, participates in the Department of Health Policy and Administration’s annual Professionals in the Classroom event. Twenty-five professionals participated in the October event, including many Penn State alumni.


Academic achievement, involvement in professional associations recognized

HPA seniors Lilliya Gortman and Jennifer Bear are recent recipients of The AUPHA/Foster G. McGaw Scholarship.

PORH addresses rural population health through web-based portal

In an effort to extend population health initiatives in rural areas in Pennsylvania, and to provide rural health care providers and community-based organizations with data and tools, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has contracted with the Health Communities Institute (HCI) for ten, largely rural, counties in Pennsylvania.

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