Health Sciences Strategic Plan

Health Sciences Strategic Plan

The Penn State University Health Sciences Council guides the strategic vision of the diverse biomedical and life science endeavors at the institution.

What Are the Health Sciences?

Health Sciences are a group of disciplines of applied science that deal with human and animal health. Health Sciences include the study of health and the application of that knowledge to improve health, prevent and cure disease and the understanding of how humans and animals function.

Health Sciences include the basic science fields of biology, chemistry, physics and a variety of other multidisciplinary fields including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Physical Therapy
  • Medicine

Health Sciences Strategic Plan

The UHSC strategic plan was approved in December 2008. The plan outlines the vision and mission for the Health Sciences at Penn State and focuses on several overarching goals.

The themes identified in the strategic plan focus on areas in which Penn State has the potential to be a national leader.

  • Rural Health
  • Global Health
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Informatics and Prevention
  • Nano-Medicine
  • Environmental Health (including biological and chemical factors, natural resource impacts, air quality, access to clean water and sanitation, energy resources)

After identifying these initial broad topics, the UHSC selected three specific topics for further engagement of faculty.

  • Infectious Disease
  • Degenerative Disease
  • Health Systems Improvement

The full University Health Sciences Council Strategic Plan, updated in 2015, is available as a PDF document. If you require the information in the plan in an alternate format, please email Cynthia Lynch.