BIOBEHAVIORAL HEALTH (BB H)

219 Biobehavioral Health Building, 814-863-7256, Fax: 814-863-7525

Collins Airhihenbuwa, Head of the Department, 219D BB H Building, 814-865-1382

Dr. Frank Ahern, Professor-In-Charge, Undergraduate Programs, 222 BB H Building, 814-863-0185, f4a@psu.edu

Dr. Michele Stine, Academic Adviser, 225 BB H Building, 814-863-7256, mms153@psu.edu

Dr. JoAnn Foley-DeFiore, Pre-Major Adviser, 224 BB H Building, 814-863-7256, jxf39@psu.edu

Kathy Gilham, Undergraduate Program Staff Assistant, 223 BBH Building, 814-863-7256, kvg3@psu.edu

Home Page: http://bbh.hhdev.psu.edu/

Curriculum
University Faculty Senate Approved Curriculum
Recommended Academic Plan(s)
Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree. These tables serve several University purposes and assist multiple constituencies: students, advisers, departments, deans, registrars, admissions officers, and family members. The plans:
  • Identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing;
  • Assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus;
  • Help students to anticipate the academic workload and courses needed to earn a degree, and to schedule appropriate prerequisites;
  • Serve as tools to help advisers learn the curriculum.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.

Recommended Academic Plans - Biobehavioral Health (BB H)
Degree Audit
BB H Degree Audit

The Biobehavioral Health major is an innovative interdisciplinary major designed to integrate biological, behavioral, and social science approaches to human health. Emphasis is placed on the study of physical health in relation to basic behavioral and biological processes.

The major in Biobehavioral Health will provide a superb practical and liberal education for any student. Biobehavioral Health graduates will be prepared to address a broad range of health-related topics and issues, including, for example, the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in human health, and the interface among biological, social, cultural, and behavioral influences on human disease processes. Graduates will be well prepared to apply their knowledge to the development, implementation, and outcome evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs across all stages of the human lifespan.

Emphases in Biobehavioral Health

There are three emphases in the BB H major: (1) the Health Promotion Emphasis, (2) the Biobehavioral Health Processes Emphasis, and (3) the General Biobehavioral Health Emphasis.

Graduates in the Health Promotion Emphasis will have the ability to enable or empower people to increase their control over, and to improve, their health through strategies that combine educational, political, regulatory, and organizational supports for actions and conditions conducive to the health of individuals and communities. Students will be skilled at applying a variety of planning, behavior change, and socio-ecological models of health which emphasize the continuous interactions and interdependency of individual behavior with: (1) family, community, and culture; (2) the social, economic, and physical environment; and (3) government goals, objectives, and policies. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as patient educators in hospitals, HMO's, and in industry-based (worksite) health promotion situations; as health program planners and evaluators in community, county, state, and federal agencies. Graduates with this emphasis also will be well prepared for further academic training in human services and the social and behavioral sciences, including biobehavioral health, human development, psychology, social work, environmental health and safety, public health, and related fields.

Graduates in the Biobehavioral Health Processes Emphasis will be well prepared to address a broad range of health-related topics and issues, including for example, the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in human health, and the interface among biological, social, cultural, and behavioral influences on human disease processes. Graduates may find entry-level positions as research assistants, laboratory managers, product and sales representatives for biomedical equipment, technical support in biomedical and health labs and will be prepared for advanced graduate study in the natural and social sciences, including biobehavioral health, epidemiology, genetic counseling, public health, medicine, nursing, etc.

Graduates in the General Biobehavioral Health Emphasis will be broadly prepared along the lines described above for both the Health Promotion and Basic Biobehavioral Health Processes Emphases.

Please note: Students preparing for admission to programs in medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, etc. should seek specific admission information from the appropriate professional program.

Course Scheduling Tips and Recommendations

Students desiring to major in BB H are advised to consult with the academic adviser soon after choosing the major to discuss their interests and to establish a curriculum plan that is appropriate for entry-level positions or graduate school. The Recommended Academic Plan will guide the selection of courses in BB H as well as supporting courses from other departments, and minor plans. It is important to start the process of planning early, because many courses are taught only in the fall or spring semesters. Plan to meet the prerequisites for advanced courses. Also note that BB H 302 and 315 are US courses. The Recommended Academic Plan is only one suggested guide to the sequence of courses for the BB H major. Students are urged to consult with their adviser to tailor their curriculum to their own individual interests and goals.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas

The BB H degree audit groups Additional Courses into five areas—12 credits of Supporting Basic Sciences, 15 credits of 300-and 400-level BB H courses, 9 credits in Supporting Health & Developmental Sciences, 3 credits in Human Development, and 3 credits in Scientific Thought and Philosophy. In the Supporting Courses area, students must select 3 credits from an approved list of courses in Health Promotion (BB H 416 is usually recommended) and 8 credits of University-wide courses in consultation with an adviser.

Students may use both the Additional Courses and Supporting Courses and Related Areas to explore different topics or to develop a set of courses that are focused on any of the BB H emphases. The Health Promotion Emphasis and the Biobehavioral Health Processes Emphasis each have a specific list of suggested supporting courses; the General Biobehavioral Health Emphasis includes supporting courses from either of the first 2 categories. Although some courses may meet requirements in more than 1 category, for example Supporting Basic Sciences and Supporting Courses and Related Areas, a student must decide in which one area s/he wants the course to count.

Following are the lists of department-approved courses for the requirements for the major under the Supporting Courses and Related Areas (consult adviser) component. Courses from either list may be used for the General Biobehavioral Health Emphasis. In addition to the approved courses, other courses may be used to meet the credit requirements but course substitutions require adviser approval.

Supporting Courses: Health Promotion Emphasis

Adult Education: ADTED 460, 470
Anthropology: ANTH 040, 045, 464
Biobehavioral Health: up to 6 credits of BB H 494/496
Biology: BIOL 055, 220W, 341, 409, 464
Communication Sciences & Disorders: CSD 462
Communication Arts & Sciences: CAS 253, 450W, 452, 453*
Communications: COMM 100, 320, 370, 404, 413W
Counselor Education: CN ED 304, 401, 403, 404, 415, 416, 420, 421, 423
Crime, Law, & Justice: CLJ 421, 423
Educational Psychology: EDPSY 010, 014, 400
Geography: GEOG 020
Health Policy & Administration: H P A 057, 101, 301, 310*; 332, 401, 410, 431*
Human Development & Family Studies: HD FS 250, 311*, 315, 405, 410, 411, 415, 418, 425, 428, 429, 432,433, 434, 445, 446
Kinesiology: KINES 420, 445*, 481W, 492W
Nursing: NURS 203, 225, 401*, 402, 452, 464*
Nutritional Sciences: NUTR 253, 358, 360, 400, 430, 445, 446, 451, 452, 456
Philosophy: PHIL 108, 403, 408, 425
Psychology: PSYCH 212, 221, 238, 243, 261, 270, 400, 420, 441*, 461, 463, 470, 474*, 475, 479
Rehabilitation Services: REHAB 409*
Rural Sociology: R SOC 011, 305W, 417, 460, 462, 470
Science, Technology & Society: S T S 105, 130, 200, 460
Sociology: SOC 001, 003, 005, 023, 030, 103, 110, 403, 404, 406, 423, 424
Special Education: SPLED 418
Statistics: STAT 250, 460, 462
Women’s Studies: WMNST 001, 412

Supporting Courses: Biobehavioral Health Processes Emphasis

Anthropology: ANTH 021, 040, 045, 401, 412, 458, 460, 471
Biobehavioral Health: up to 6 credits BB H 494/496
Biology: BIOL 055, 129, 142, 200, 222, 230W, 240W, 341, 405, 409, 416, 422W, 428, 471, 472, 473, 479
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology: B M B 211, 212, 221, 251, 252, 342, 400, 401, 402
Chemistry: CHEM 111, 112, 113, 202, 203, 210, 212, 213
Computer Science: CMPSC 101, 101B
Health Policy & Administration: H P A 310*, 401, 431*
Human Development & Family Studies: HD FS 405, 428, 429, 445, 468
Kinesiology: KINES 202, 350, 450, 481W, 483, 484
Mathematics: MATH 110, 140, 141
Microbiology: MICRB 106, 107, 201, 202, 410
Nursing: NURS 205, 401
Nutritional Sciences: NUTR 358, 445, 446, 451, 452
Physics: PHYS 250, 251
Psychology: PSYCH 212, 238, 253, 256, 260, 269, 270, 281, 400, 441*, 453, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 478
Statistics: STAT 250, 460, 462

All BB H majors, regardless of emphasis, must complete 6 credits in Health Promotion. BB H 316 (3) is required: most BB H majors will complete this requirement by taking BB H 416. However, other courses marked with (*) also complete this requirement. Consult your adviser for recommendations regarding meeting this requirement.

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