Health Studies Minor

The minor in Health Studies helps students explore the question: How can we help people be healthier in terms of personal wellness as well as public, community, and planetary health? Health is an interdisciplinary field drawing from studies in physiology, nutrition, physical education, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, child and family studies, education, agriculture and sustainability, social justice studies, and other fields, so this major can complement the knowledge and ideas from many majors across campus.

Degree Requirements

The minor in Health Studies requires a minimum of five (5) course credits, as follows:

Required Core Course

HLT 215Significant Issues in Health

1 Course Credit

CFS 221Fundamentals of Nutrition

1 Course Credit

Required Distribution Courses

HLT 111/WGS 111Human Sexuality (WGS)

1 Course Credit

HLT 210/APS 210Health in Appalachia (APS)

1 Course Credit

HLT 224Addiction & Violence/Fam (WGS)

1 Course Credit

HLT 236/WGS 236Women and Health (WGS)

1 Course Credit

HLT 315Health Education and Promotion

1 Course Credit

PSY 215Health Psychology

1 Course Credit

Required additional HLT Course

One (1) additional course from the list above or another HLT course approved by the program to meet this requirement (i.e., a summer travel course or a health-related internship); selection of this course must be approved by the Health Teaching minor advisor


Admission to the Minor— An interview with members of the Health faculty in the Program, as well as a program recommendation, are required for admission to the Health minor.

Proficiency Requirements for Retention in and Completion of the Minor— A grade of C (2.0 GPA) or higher in each required Health Studies minor course, as well as in each prerequisite and collateral course, is required for continuation in the minor. Students not receiving a grade of C or higher may repeat that particular course to raise the grade while remaining in the minor program. In addition to the course GPA requirement above, certification in first aid including adult, child, and infant cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be completed by the first term of the senior year. May be met by taking HLT 109 or through successful completion of an outside course with certification.

Additional considerations for the Health Studies Minor— Designated Summer courses may be used for the Health Studies Minor.