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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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Earn an undergraduate degree in Health and Human Development — and turn your passion into action

With an array of undergraduate degree options available through eight academic departments, the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State offers multidisciplinary programs that can be customized to match your individual passions and specific plans for work or graduate study.

Guided by accomplished and engaged faculty providing cutting-edge courses and enhanced by research opportunities and immersive hands-on experiences outside the classroom, these programs prepare you to become a leader in a variety of careers in the rapidly growing service economy of health care and human service, hospitality and tourism, recreation and parks, sports and leisure, education and research, and more.

Explore our undergraduate program options — and be inspired to make a difference

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As a student, you will participate in learning, service, and research activities that put you in direct contact with patients, clients, and consumers. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of real-world opportunities that have helped you hone your professional skills, while also experiencing the satisfaction of improving the world in which we live.