Undergraduate Academic Programs


Obesity and Health


Undergraduate students may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit https://sph.indiana.edu/academics/public/selectMinor.html to declare it.  Alternatively, the student may visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may visit Angela Taylor for academic advising.

Angela Taylor
Academic Advisor
Department of Applied Health Science
School of Public Health - Bloomington
SPH C020
1025 E. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN  47405-7109
(812) 855-3627
tayloane [at] indiana [dot] edu


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs who wish to add an obesity and health specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum grade of C- in each course used in the minor.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

Obesity and Health Minor Core Courses (12 cr.):
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-H 235 Obesity and Health (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-H 320 The Nature of Cancer (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 334 Heart Health and Diabetes (3 cr.)
  • SPH-N 220 Nutrition for Health (3 cr.) or SPH-N 231 Human Nutrition (3 cr.) +N&M or SPH-N 331 Life Cycle Nutrition (3 cr.)

Obesity and Health Minor Elective Course (3 cr.):
Complete one of the following courses:

  • SPH-B 310 Health Care in Diverse Communities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 366 Community Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 403 Public Health Program Planning (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 416 Introduction to Health Counseling (3 cr.)
  • SPH-E 311 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 304 Healthy Children: Breastfeeding Promotion in Global Communities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 305 Women’s Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 306 Men’s Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 315 Consumer Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 412 Exercise in Health and Disease (3 cr.)
  • SPH-N 336 Public Health Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • ANTH-P 380 Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 369 The Geography of Food (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 365 Social Foundations Behavior: Applications for Health Settings (3 cr.)
  • Other obesity-related, 300 or 400-level course with approval of the academic advisor at the Department of Applied Health Science (3 cr.)

+ Courses followed by the N&M notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, natural and mathematical sciences requirement for bachelor's degree students.

+ Courses followed by the S&H notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, social and historical studies requirement for bachelor's degree students.

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