Overview of Majors and Careers in Health and Human Development

Being inspired is what you are when you arrive — being an inspiration is who you are when you leave.

Students come for different programs, but you all share the same passion—serving others.

People benefit from your work in meaningful and tangible ways. You understand that people matter, and because of that, you want to help. Your desire is to make life better for others and to build strong, healthy, and sustainable communities. Learn how in the College of Health and Human Development.


You want to help people by making a difference in people’s lives, whether that difference is big or small. Now you’re searching for a career that can propel you toward making a difference. The College of Health and Human Development at Penn State offers nine majors that create difference-makers—people who help improve the quality of others’ lives. Explore these academic programs and be inspired to make a difference.

Career Opportunities

Your goal in life is to make improvements, for others, in life, and in the community. You sacrifice your time, energy, and resources to ensure that others have a brighter tomorrow. And you wouldn’t have it any other way. The College of Health and Human Development is a place where you learn to be an inspiration to others.

Our graduates hold many esteemed positions across varying industries that all impact our college’s mission of making life better. Whether its helping a child with a communicative disorder succeed or participating in a physical therapy exercise for the disabled, our alumni are making a real difference in their communities and across the globe. Explore these careers made possible through our academic programs.

Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Take your passion outside of the classroom and make a difference in the world. You will not come to the College of Health and Human Development to simply sit at a desk. You will have the chance to get out and put into practice what you have learned in the classroom. Whether it is taking part in a research project in California, visiting the headquarters of an industry leader in New York City, or a study abroad course in Fiji, you will have the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom.

This allows you to explore what truly connects to your passions, helping you discover what you want to do as a career.

Resources and Support

Discover your purpose in the College of Health and Human Development. As a student in the College, you will find helpful and supportive faculty and staff members who are focused on you and your success. Each of the departments in the College has at least one full-time adviser who is able to help you navigate the courses, internships, and other opportunities that you will have as a student. In addition, the innovative spaces and advanced technology that the College offers is designed to help you achieve the results you are looking for. You will also connect with engaged alumni and mentors interested in your professional development and growth. Plus, you will have access to student organizations, activities, events, and the amazing resources and experience that is Penn State.

Add to that the fact that Penn State has one of the largest, most passionate, and genuine alumni networks anywhere.