As attention turns toward the quality of human health across the globe, the demand is growing for health science professionals trained to influence this discipline. Designed to integrate biological, behavioral, psychological, socio-cultural, and environmental approaches to the study of the science behind health, a Bachelor's Degree in Biobehavioral Health (BBH) can help prepare students to address and solve the problems of human health and illness.
The range of health studies in the BBH degree program prepare students for a variety of health science careers, including roles as health promotion professionals, research assistants, laboratory managers, biomedical product representatives, and technical support positions in biomedical and health-related fields. This major can also provide excellent preparation for advanced study in natural and social science disciplines and related professional areas such as epidemiology, public health, environmental health and safety, and human services.
Nationally-ranked hospital and health service systems just minutes from campus provide opportunities for professional experience and networking.
Program courses include:
- Principles of Epidemiology
- Introductory principles of Nutrition
- Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences
- Foundations and Principles of Health Promotion
- Research Strategies for Studying Biobehavioral Health
- Research and Applications in Biobehavioral Health
Apply your skills to a career in:
- Clinical settings
- Non-profit organizations
- Research organizations
- State and Federal Agencies
- Pharmaceutical companies
Recommended Academic Plan
Recommended Academic Plans provide the possible order of courses students might follow as they pursue a particular degree. RAPs are proposed schedules only. Individual student's schedules might look different if -- in consultation with an academic adviser -- the student has created a different plan. Care should be taken when changing the order of courses, as the RAP takes into account prerequisites and course controls. Changing the other of a RAP might be in the student's best interests and can occur with an adviser's guidance. For the final work regarding the courses needed for graduation in a particular major, all students should consult the University Bulletin and their degree audit.
Students who began studying at Penn State summer 2018 or later should refer to the new suggested academic plans.