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Choose the Health Care Program That’s Right for You

Whether you're just starting out in health care or are ready to advance your career, Penn State's health and human development–focused degrees and certificates, offered online through Penn State World Campus, can help you gain the expertise you need to succeed.

Undergraduate Programs

Biobehavioral Health (Bachelor of Science)
Study the science behind health as you learn how biology, behavior, social-cultural influences, and environmental factors influence health throughout life. This program includes courses in biology, epidemiology, physiology, nutrition, genetics, and statistics.
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Health Policy and Administration (Bachelor of Science)
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to balance cost, access, and quality in policy-related health care positions. This online degree program includes an internship that can give you valuable real-world experience in the field.
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Human Development and Family Studies (Bachelor of Science)
Learn how individuals develop from birth to old age, how families and communities influence these processes, and how to apply this knowledge to develop interventions that improve people’s lives through hands-on course work in this online Bachelor of Science degree program.
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Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management – Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Option (Bachelor of Science)
Learn to support and develop opportunities for recreation management and tourism management that benefit the economy and environment as well as the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of people and communities with this online degree program.
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Human Development and Family Studies (Associate in Science)
Prepare for a social work career that makes a difference in people's lives. This online associate degree program explores family development and life span and can provide you with the entry-level, professional skills you need for a variety of careers in human service professions.
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Adult Development and Aging Services (Undergraduate Certificate)
Gain a deeper understanding of the issues associated with the aging and the elderly by focusing on biological, psychological, and social development, as well as optimal aging and longevity with this online certificate program.
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Children, Youth, and Family Services (Undergraduate Certificate)
Explore the social, behavioral, and biological aspects of infant, child, and adolescent development within the context of the family. This online human services certificate program is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles in child and youth service settings and family and welfare agencies.
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Graduate Degrees

Health Policy and Administration (Master of Health Administration)
Prepare for challenging leadership positions in health care by supplementing your health-related work experience with a strong business management education. The online MHA program can give you the tools to lead change and solve problems in the dynamic health care environment.
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Nutritional Sciences (Master of Professional Studies)
Enhance your leadership skills and prepare for evidence-based advanced practice in the field of nutrition. This online nutrition degree program is designed for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) or professionals with a nutrition-related undergraduate degree.
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Are you a registered nurse looking to take the next step in your career? Whether you are looking to further your education for yourself, your family, or your employer, we can help you succeed — on your terms.

Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Nursing (RN to BSN)
Advance your knowledge of theory and your clinical skills while making yourself more marketable in the current health care industry. This online degree program is for currently licensed Registered Nurses (RN) with an associate degree or diploma who would like to continue their education with a BSN.
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Nursing Forensics (Undergraduate Certificate)
Gain the tools you need to provide specialized services for victims and perpetrators of traumatic events. You can learn about evidence collection and preservation; forensic documentation; the recognition of domestic violence, assault, and stalking; and legal and ethical issues.
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Nursing Informatics (Undergraduate Certificate)
Learn to support the implementation and use of informatics tools in technology-rich health care environments. The curriculum in this online certificate program includes courses on electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, and other topics geared specifically for registered nurses.
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Nursing Management (Undergraduate Certificate)
Gain a better understanding of the administration of nursing services and learn to manage budgets, data, and nursing personnel. The courses in this online certificate program give you the opportunity to acquire the latest techniques and skills, which you can apply in your health care organization.
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Graduate Nursing Programs

Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Prepare for the highest level of clinical nursing practice with this professional, practice-focused online doctoral degree program. The DNP degree has two entry options based on your previous education and nursing experience: directly from the B.S. in Nursing or post–Master of Science in Nursing.
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Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing)
Prepare for nursing leadership or educational positions with the CCNE–accredited MSN program. This online master's degree program is designed for registered nurses who have bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
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Nurse Administrator (Graduate Certificate)
Expand your knowledge of the business of health care, with topics including health care economics, fiscal planning, and data management. This online certificate program can provide you with the decision-making and problem-solving strategies necessary for a role in nursing administration.
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Nurse Educator (Graduate Certificate)
Gain the skills you need to influence the success of the next generation of nurses. This online nurse educator certificate program can prepare you to meet the diverse needs of students in classroom, clinical, and online educational settings.
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We are Penn State Online

This is the real Penn State. You will take the same classes with the same curriculum developed by the same professors who teach courses at our brick and mortar campuses. You can expect the same caliber of academic quality that you associate with Penn State.