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 howbiology, behavior, social-cultural influences, and environmental factorsinfluence 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 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. This program includes an internship that provides practical, hands-on experience.
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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 and tourism that benefit the economy and environment as well as the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of people and communities.
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Human Development and Family Studies (Associate in Science)
Prepare for a career that makes a difference in people's lives. This 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. A required internship gives you the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experience.
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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.
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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 program is designed to prepare you for a variety of roles in child and youth service settings and family health 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 program is designed for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) or professionals with a nutrition-related undergraduate degree.
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Undergraduate Nursing Programs

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.

Nursing (RN to BSN)
Advance your knowledge of theory and your clinical skills while making yourself more marketable in the current healthcare industry. This 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 includes courses on electronic health records, clinical decision support tools, and database management, 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 budgetary, data, and nursing personnel. This program gives you the opportunity to acquire the latest techniques and skills, which you can apply in your own 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 doctoral program. Based on your previous education and nursing experience, the DNP degree has two entry options: directly from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or post–Master of Science in Nursing entry.
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Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing)
Prepare for nursing leadership or educational positions with the MSN program. This program is designed for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in nursing. All students take the same core courses. Then, depending on your professional goals, you can choose the Nurse Administrator or Nurse Educator option.
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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 — all while learning how these impact patient safety and risk management. This 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 program can prepare you to meet the diverse needs of students in classroom, clinical, and online educational settings.
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