Integrated Health Solutions

Improving the health of humans, animals, and communities through research into preventative, corrective, diagnostic, and predictive solutions to the challenges presented by lifestyle, diseases, pests, and toxins.

Researchers in the college investigate the numerous ways in which the agricultural enterprise affects the health of ecosystems and people. Some of their goals include preventing the spread of infectious diseases; understanding how the host (animals, humans, plants, and insects) responds to environmental pressures; structuring the built environment to promote the selection of healthful food choices; and investigating environmentally sustainable techniques to grow high-quality, nutritious foods to serve a rapidly growing population.

Research Expertise

Research Videos

Penn State: Inspiring Collaboration
Penn State scientists find an inspiring collaboration. Dr. Prabhu, who specializes in the health benefits of fish oil, and Dr. Paulson, who is studying the stem cells that cause leukemia, connected their seemingly separate study areas during a weekly faculty lunch.


More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria
February 13, 2019
Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.
Cellular protein a target for Zika control
January 14, 2019
A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to an international team of researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in developing new therapies to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.
A 'bran' new way to preserve healthy food with natural ingredients
January 7, 2019
A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently used by the food industry, according to researchers at Penn State.

Upcoming Events

Hazard Analysis Resources for Small-scale Cheesemakers: Development, Implementation, and Assessment
When: February 28, 2019
Where: 252 Erickson Food Science Building
`Using behavior to inform integrated pest management of the brown dog tick
When: March 1, 2019
Where: 112 Forest Resources Building
`Avian Influenza Surveillance and Control in Pennsylvania
When: March 14, 2019
Where: 324 ASI
Role of Epigenome and Microbiome on Regulation of Colitis by Indoles
When: March 20, 2019
Where: W201 Millenium Science Complex