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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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Students conducting research in a laboratory.


The College of Health and Human Development at Penn State supports five different world-class research centers that serve our communities — both locally and and around the globe — with innovative breakthroughs and significant discoveries that make real-world impacts.

Through a wide array of initiatives driven by our esteemed faculty mentors and powered with the help of our competent student researchers, we tackle research projects that impact national news headlines nearly every day — from minimizing the symptoms of chronic illness to managing stress through recreational activities, discovering new learning interventions, clarifying the myths and realities surrounding concussions in athletes, and so much more.