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Minor in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice

With the growing emphasis on health promotion and preventative care, new opportunities in wellness-related industries emerge every day and benefit diverse communities. Our BA in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice prepares students for a career in this rewarding field.

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If you want to develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical orientation that will enable you to promote wellness among culturally and socioeconomically diverse communities, the Minor in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice will put you on the right path.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our Minor in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice serves as an extension of our mission to promote health and social justice locally and globally.

With the growing emphasis on health promotion and preventative care, new opportunities in wellness-related industries emerge every day and benefit many communities. Everywhere we look, new programs promote health and wellness across all ages of our society. This minor will enhance students’ ability to work in a range of health-related careers, from healthcare providers to community health agencies, and to implement programs that use mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise to meet the needs of diverse populations.

The Wellness and Health Promotion Practice minor is available to be declared starting Fall 2021 for main campus students. A minimum of 18 units is required to complete the Wellness and Health Promotion Practice minor and at least 9 units must be upper-division. Public Health BS majors may only double-use 6 units towards the major and minor requirements. Students enrolled in the BA in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice are not eligible to add the minor in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice.

Required courses (6 units):

  • HPS 178 - Personal Health and Wellness (3)
  • HPS 404 - Fundamentals of Evaluation (3)

Elective courses - select 12 units: must have at least 6 units upper division (300/400 level): 

  • HPS 200 - Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • HPS 220 - An Introduction to Contemporary Public Health Issues in LGBTQ+ Communities (3)
  • PHP 210 - Diversity, Health and Wellbeing in Later Life (3)
  • CHS/SOC 215 - Sociology of Aging and Health (3)
  • PHP 301 - Introduction to Gerontology (3)
  • SBS 301A - Foundations of Mindfulness (1)
  • SBS 301B - Mindful Semester: Mindfulness-based Study Tools (1)
  • SBS 301C - Mindful Semester: Mindfulness-based Movement (1)
  • PHP 305 - Public Health in the Digital Age (3)
  • HPS 306 - Drugs and Society (3)
  • NSC 311 - A Systems Approach to Obesity Prevention (3)
  • PHP 312 - Health Promotion and Well-being in Later Life (3)
  • NSC 320 - Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health Promotion (3)
  • NSC 332 - Health Coaching (3)
  • PHP 322 - Health Education and Ethical Leadership (3)
  • HPS 330 - Human Sexuality (3)
  • HPS 350 - Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
  • HPS 400 - Contemporary Community Health Problems (3)
  • HPS 402 - Corporate Wellness (3)
  • HPS 403 - Applications in Health Promotion: Behavioral Theories and Health (3)
  • HPS 405 - Biology in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 412 - Public Health Approaches to Mental Health Disorders in the US (3)
  • FSHD 413 - Issues in Aging (3)
  • GHI 413 - Dissemination and Implementation Science and Applications in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 416 - The World's Food and Health (3)
  • EHS 425 - A Public Health Lens to Climate Change (3)
  • PHP 436 - Aging, Environment, and Wellbeing (3)
  • PHP 437 - Management and Leadership in Long-term Care (3)
  • HPS 449 - Family Violence (3)
  • PHPM 458 - Health Care Marketing (3)
  • HPS 478 - Public Health Nutrition (3)
  • HPS 481 - Health Education Intervention Methods (3)
  • HPS 488 - Adolescent Health (3)


2.5 GPA

Admission to the minor requires a minimum 2.5 GPA.


How to Declare the Minor

Step One

Find your Advisor

See the academic advising page to determine your academic advisor (determined by the student's campus and last name).

Step Two

Declare Minor

Send your prospective advisor a brief statement of interest (approximately 300 words) on why you'd like to add the minor to your degree. Note: Admission into the minor does not guarantee entry into public health courses as course registration depends on meeting course pre-requisites and course availability.

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