The College of Health and Human Development at Penn State

Committed to improving the quality of your life is what the College of Health and Human Development is all about. Our work is relevant to people everywhere and we are leading the way in offering high-quality education to our students and in producing research that will positively affect the way we live today and in the future.

Penny Kris-Etherton

2014 Schmitt Russell Lecture to focus on healthy eating, reducing disease

Penny Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, will present the 2014 Schmitt Russell Lecture. Her presentation, “The Journey to Healthy Eating: Identifying Dietary Patterns that Reduce the Risk of Chronic Diseases,” will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus.


Academic Units

Programs in the Health and Human Development (HHD) are offered through eight academic units:

Biobehavioral Health

Biobehavioral
Health

Biobehavioral Health is an innovative interdisciplinary program that explores all factors-biological, behavioral, social/cultural, and environmental-that influence the health of individuals and groups through the life span.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State studies and researches human communication disorders through foundations in the basic sciences and processes related to communication, swallowing, and cognition.

Health Policy and Administration

Health Policy and Administration

Health Policy and Administration at Penn State prepares students to be leaders in health management, health policy, public health, health law, health services research, and other health-related and clinical fields.

School of Hospitality Management

Hospitality
Management

Hospitality Management offers broad educational foundations, real-world experiences and opportunities, and research to equip students to become industry leaders.

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies studies human development across the lifespan in the context of the family, community, and society.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology

Kinesiology discovers and disseminates new knowledge about physical activity, exercise, and human movement and its relationship to human health and disease.

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional
Sciences

Nutritional Sciences trains students to become leaders in nutrition, integrating the span of knowledge from molecules to organisms to populations with the goal of improving human health.

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management uses a coupled human and natural systems approach to address global issues of environmental conservation, human health and wellness, and human development.


HHD Research

Research Centers

The College of Health and Human Development also supports seven different world-class research centers.


Faculty position opportunities

Review open faculty positions in the College of Health and Human Development, including a five-position faculty cluster hire focused on health disparities.