Understanding Research


Basic Research is information gathered from basic science research is essential for translating or applying new discoveries to patient care.  Learn about our Basic Sciences Departments.


The most important challenge facing academic medical centers is translating new research findings into tangible health benefits that improve lives. Penn State has created the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to serve as an independent but highly integrated academic engine for clinical and translational science.


Clinical research is a component of medical and health research intended to produce knowledge essential for understanding human disease, preventing and treating illness, and promoting health.

For more information, visit our Clinical Trials website.


Wellness & health improvement go beyond treatment models for chronic conditions by developing, investigating, and applying models to incorporate the promotion of healthy behaviors and prudent utilization of preventive services.

  • promotion of healthy behaviors (e.g., nutrition, physical activity) to modify risk factors for certain chronic conditions
  • development of innovative roles for non-physician practitioners in achieving improved health outcomes for target populations
  • development of programs to enable early detection of certain chronic health problems
  • development and testing of innovative prevention strategies
  • modification of physician prescribing patterns focusing on evidence-based improvements