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The Penn State Difference

Penn State, where the main campus at University Park is home to nearly 45,000 students, some 7,000 of which are graduate students, is one of the leading research universities in the United States. According to the National Science Foundation, it consistently ranks among the top 15 major U.S. universities in research expenditures in science and engineering fields. Its graduate programs attract students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and from more than 100 countries all over the world.

The graduate program in Biobehavioral Health is a part of Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development—the first college in the country with a combined emphasis on human development and human health.

The University and the College invites students to consider its graduate programs, whether they aspire to conduct research that will contribute to global knowledge or to hold a leadership position in their field with government or industry.


We provide funding for all students in good standing through their 5th year. A wide variety of funding options are available.

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Faculty members explore the many interactive factors that influence the health of individuals and groups throughout the lifespan.

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Training and Support

Our cutting-edge facilities, top-research library, and numerous affiliated research centers help prepare you for a career in a variety of health care settings.

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Your Future Career & the Alumni Network

Graduates of the Biobehaviorial Health graduate program join the more than 650,000 alumni worldwide. They are employed in a wide variety of postions, including academic professors, health scientists, research scientists, and scientific directors.

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