Category Archives: Study Abroad

HHD News for Students

Global Health Minor Information Sessions
-Monday, Jan. 13, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.

Women’s Leadership Initiative
-Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.
-Thursday, Jan. 23, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.

Get Funding for your Summer Research
Erickson Discovery Grants
-Deadline: January 20

Study Abroad Week
January 20-24

HHD Education Abroad Open House – Wed, Sept. 25, 3-5pm

Explore study abroad programs led by HHD faculty all over the world.
Commons Area (first floor), HHD Building

3:00 pm – Tips for Studying Abroad: Panel Discussion with HHD students who have previously studied abroad.

Faculty Lead – Nutrition Study Abroad Tour to Tokyo

A new Maymester Schreyer Honors Course
(open to Nutritional Sciences students not in SHC)

Interested in a 15 day study abroad tour to Tokyo?  Learn more about the program and download an application form by clicking on the links that follow.

NUTR497H (2 cr) in spring on the special topic of Japanese Food Culture, combined with NUTR499 (1 cr), a ~15-day trip to Tokyo in Maymester. The students will receive their grade and credits after the trip and submission of a final writing assignment.

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Global Health Minor Information Sessions


Global Health Minor Information sessions will be held in The Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building.
2018 Fall Semester
Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m.
Monday, December 10 at 3 p.m.

2019 Spring Semester
Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m

Minor Goals and Activities
• Develop the capacity to think, talk, and write critically about global health issues and challenges.
• Complete a five-week supervised fieldwork experience in South Africa, Tanzania, or Ecuador.
• Prepare for occupations that demand global thinking, understanding and experience.
Global Health is a competitive minor, open to any Penn State student who is enrolled at the University Park campus and who has declared a major field of study.
After attending an information session, students who are interested in applying for the Global Health Minor should schedule an advising appointment to meet with the Global Health Minor Program Director, Dr. Dana Naughton. Thirty-minute advising sessions may be arranged by contacting the staff of the Department of Biobehavioral Health at 814-863-7256. Application
materials will be provided to students at the time of meeting.
Applications are due February

See the GH-Session_Flyer for additional information.

HHD Education Abroad Open House – 9/27/18

Explore study abroad programs led by HHD faculty all over the world on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. in the Commons Area (first floor) of the Health and Human Development Building. For more information contact: or or #HHDStudyAbroad

Spring Break Opportunity to Study Abroad: Anatomy in Italy

This spring, the Biology Department will once again be offering BIOL 475N – “Anatomy in Italy: Cadavers, Culture and Science.” This 3-credit course, listed as a “fascinating blend of Biology and History, investigating the evolution of anatomy and physiology in Renaissance Italy” can be used as either a GH or GN course. It will meet once per week this spring at UP and includes a co-requisite course, IT 175: Italian Language & Culture for Embedded Experiences Abroad which will meet twice per week this spring. All students must be enrolled in both courses.  Over Spring Break 2019 all students and instructors will then travel to Florence, Bologna and Verona.

To be eligible to enroll in this course, students must:

  1. Complete either BIOL 129 or BIOL 141 or BIOL 240 or BIOL 472 or KINES 202 or another anatomy course (BIOL 297 or 497) by the end of Fall 2018. 
  2. Apply for course entry by September 22, 2018 by e-mailing all of the following information to your full name, Penn State email address, 9-digit ID number, major, class standing (i.e. sophomore, junior, etc.), current cumulative GPA, and a statement about why you would like to enroll in this course.
  3. If accepted, there will be a course travel fee of $3250 (for airfare, lodging, ground transportation, museum admission and some meals).

For more information, please visit Penn State’s Anatomy in Italy 2019 Facebook page.

University of Auckland: Northern Hemisphere Summer Research Scholarship

Outstanding HHD students with prior research experiences can take advantage of an opportunity to do research at the University of Auckland in New Zealand this summer. There are a number of research projects in areas of life and health science, clinical medicine, and public health seeking student researchers. Details on the opportunity and application are below:

What is this opportunity?

This is an opportunity to join a faculty-supervised research project at the University of Auckland.  Research opportunities are in a host of disciplines ranging from Architecture to Engineering to Dance.  Please consult this Research Programme web page for all information on the program and what research projects are on-going.  Only a maximum of five (5) Penn State students will be selected for a research project for summer 2018.  Penn State is one of 6 world-renowned universities selected to have its students take part in this exciting opportunity.

What benefits do students receive?

Students will receive up to NZ$2000 towards round-trip travel to Auckland as well as a NZ$4,400 tax-free stipend for doing the research project.  The monetary benefits are outweighed by the research experience which can be very valuable for fellowship as well as graduate school application credentials, not to mention living in Auckland – one of the world’s top cities for quality of life.

By when must students apply?

Students must complete their online application through the University of Auckland by midnight NZST on February 12, 2018This equates to 6am ET on February 12, 2018 in the United States.  (To be safe, we recommend advising your students to have everything completed and uploaded by midnight on the 11th of February.)

How should students apply and what is required?

Students may apply online by clicking the blue “Apply Now” button on the upper-right side of the Eligibility web page.  Students must be Penn State undergraduates in good standing who have completed at least 2 years of study at the time the award would be activated.  These students should have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.  They will also be asked to submit a CV, an official academic transcript as well as any project-specific information requested by the supervising faculty.

Does the Education Abroad office need to stay connected with students’ applications?

The University of Auckland will notify Education Abroad of students who apply and, ultimately, students who are selected.  As this is a non-credit experience, there is no pre-application through Education Abroad.  However, students who are selected and who intend to participate must register their travel with the Travel Safety Network and apply for a visa well in advance of travel.  The Education Abroad office can answer general questions about travel and visas for students once selected for the program.


Summer 2018 Research Positions for Undergraduates – in USA and Abroad

Every year, the Amgen Scholars Program provides 240 selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of Europe, USA, and Asia’s premier educational institutions – posted on Trialect . Eligible students enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the world may apply. Stipend, Housing and round-trip travel costs are covered and the amount depends on the host University. Depending up on where you live, you can apply to the following programs:

To apply, visit the following links:

Amgen Scholars Europe
Amgen Scholars USA
Amgen Scholars Worldwide


  • Please do not contact Trialect for any award-related queries. Instead, please use the weblink listed above.
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Opportunities for those Interested in Global Nutrition – Health, Agriculture and Food

Two opportunities are available for students interested in shaping new ideas for Global food security, Health, Agricultural Development and Research.

Are you interested in shaping new ideas for food security and agricultural development? Apply now to join the 2018 Next Generation Student Delegation! Selected students’ travel to and accommodations in Washington DC are covered, and they enjoy the opportunity to engage in symposium discussions and interact with global leaders working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues. Learn more about last year’s Next Generation Student Delegation.

Applications are due this Sunday November, 5. Questions about the application process? Please contact

Click here to apply.

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Fellowship

This is an NIH funded fellowship led by ICAP in partnership with the ICAP Global Health Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeon. The goal of this program is to increase diversity in the research workforce and give students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field an early exposure to global Health and health disparities research.

This fully funded 11-week training program will take place from early June to Mid-August of 2018. The students will spend two weeks at ICAP in New York, eight weeks at one of our international sites, and then a final week back at ICAP in New York. The 2018 research sites include the Dominican Republic, Lesotho, Kenya, Cameroon and Swaziland.

In addition to being fully funded, students will also receive a completion stipend for their summer work as well as housing here in NY and at their international placement site. Eligibility criteria are detailed in the attached. For more information please visit:

Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Pierre with any additional questions.

Elizabeth Pierre, MPH, PMP

Program Officer

ICAP at Columbia University

Office: 212-342-4772

Skype: Elizabeth.pierreICAP



Global Health Minor Info Session – Tuesday – Oct 24


If you have an interest in international Nutrition you might enjoy the info session for the Global Health Minor, this Tuesday in 110 Henderson Building at 7:00 PM.  Future info sessions will also be held on Nov. 2 and 30 as well as December 6.