In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs available on campus, the College of Health and Human Developments offers degree programs and courses online through the World Campus, Penn State’s virtual campus. Students anywhere in the world can pursue these degrees with confidence that they will receive the same level of excellence and high standard as they would if they were on campus.
Biobehavioral Health B.S. (BBH)
Examine the interaction between biological, behavioral, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental factors that influence human health and wellness. By taking coursework in chemistry, biology, physiology, and genetics, students learn the “science behind health” and how to effectively address and solve a wide array of problems related to human health and illness.
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Health Policy and Administration B.S. (HPA)
Elevate health care delivery and quality with a focus on addressing ongoing and future challenges in health economics, health management, and the workforce at large. This degree integrates business, liberal arts, and health sciences to prepare students for careers in healthcare administration, government delivery of healthcare, and improving access for under-served populations.
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Human Development and Family Studies B.S. (HDFS)
Learn how humans develop physically, emotionally, and socially throughout the lifespan. This versatile degree provides a foundation for a variety of disciplines, including child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods. Coursework provides students with the knowledge and skills required to positively impact individuals, families, and communities, and prepares them for further study in social work, counseling, and teaching.
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- Associate in Science in Human Development and Family Studies
- Human Development and Family Studies Minor
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Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management B.S. (RPTM)
Positively impact health and wellness through recreation, park, tourism, and leisure opportunities by examining the global impact of leisure on human development and health, as well as the effects of recreation and tourism on ecological, economic, and cultural systems.
Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration (OMHA)
The OMHA program helps students combine health-related work experience with a strong business management education by expanding qualifications for challenging leadership positions in health care and providing tools to lead change in a dynamic environment.
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Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences (MPS)
Designed for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who are interested in enhancing their careers and advancing their skills and students who hold an undergraduate degree in a nutrition-related field. This degree will help prepare you for evidence-based advanced practice with coursework focused on development of leadership skills.
General Education Courses
Health and Human Development offers a growing number of online courses through the World Campus that satisfy general education requirements. Refer to the class search in LionPATH for specific scheduling details.
Heath and Wellness Courses (GHW)
- BBH 101 – Introduction to Biobehavioral Health
- BBH 119 – Behavior, Health, and Disease
- BBH 143 – Drugs, Behavior, and Health
- BBH 146 – Introduction to Health and Human Sexuality
- CSD 100 – Preventing Vocal Abuse, Misuse, and Disorders
- HDFS 249N – Adult Development and Aging
- HPA 57 – Consumer Choices in Health Care
- KINES 81 – Wellness Theory
- KINES 82 – Action Methods for Stress Management
- KINES 84 – Fitness for Life
- NUTR 100 – Contemporary Nutrition Concerns
- NUTR 251 – Introductory Principles of Nutrition
Social and Behavioral Sciences Courses (GS)
- CSD 269 – Deaf Culture
- HDFS 129 – Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
- HDFS 229 – Infant and Child Development
- HDFS 239 – Adolescent Development
- HDFS 249N – Adult Development and Aging
- HDFS 254N – Reading Our Lives: Understanding Diversity & Human Development Through Memoirs
- RPTM 120 – Leisure and Human Behavior
- RPTM 277 – Inclusive Leisure Services