Undergraduate Academic Programs


Obesity and Health


Students wanting to declare this minor may do so in one of two ways:

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 schedule an appointment with an SPH-B academic advisor.

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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: Human Milk Feeding and Infant Health 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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