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Explore Health and Human Development

Working alongside both undergraduate and graduate students, the world-renowned researchers and faculty members at Penn State's College of Health and Human Development engage in an active research environment.

Take a look at some of the programs and initiatives taking place in our dedicated Research Centers.

College Research Centers

Center for Childhood Obesity Research

Penn State’s Center for Childhood Obesity Research continually strives to expand the base of evidence that is vital for developing successful childhood obesity prevention and treatment programs.

Center for Health Care and Policy Research

Penn State’s Center for Health Care and Policy Research collaborates with public health and human service agencies to develop and implement new ways of delivering effective lower cost care.

Center for Healthy Aging

By carrying out high-quality research, instruction, and community service programs, Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging makes vital resources available to a wide range of agencies — as well as to the general public.

Methodology Center

Penn State’s Methodology Center conducts original research on issues related to statistics, research design, and measurement emerging in the prevention and treatment of problem behaviors — with a particular focus on drug abuse.

Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

With a mission of reducing the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and poor outcomes in children, families, and communities, Penn State’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center works to promote the general well being of children, youth, and adults.

Clinical Research Center

The team at Penn State’s Clinical Research Center leverages a highly collaborative, research-focused approach to transfer advancements in basic medical knowledge to the clinical arena, investigate the pathogenic mechanisms of disease, and develop strategies that promote both health promotion and disease prevention.