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Health Minor

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 15 credit hour health minor that is designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue careers in health-related professions and for students wishing to gain in-depth knowledge in various contemporary health-related topics for their own personal development. The minor provides students with theories, concepts, and practical skills concerning health behavior and includes a practicum to apply theory to practice.

Minor Coordinator

Dr. Joy Kagendo

Senior Lecturer, Health Minor Coordinator

Program Requirements

  • A grade of “C-” or better required in each course.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • All Health Minor courses (16 credit hours) must be taken for a letter grade to complete the Health minor.
  • The minor will require a minimum of ten (10) hours taken at North Carolina State University.
  • HESM 285 Personal Health will be a prerequisite for HESM 375 Health Planning and Programming.
  • HESM 285 Personal Health and HESM 375 Health Planning and Programming will be prerequisites for HESM 377 Methods of Health Promotion.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
Required Courses7
HESM 285Personal Health
HESM 375Health Planning and Programming
HESM 377Methods of Health Promotion
HESM 300Practicum in Health 1
Elective Courses 29
BIO 105
BIO 106
Biology in the Modern World
and Biology in the Modern World Laboratory
or BIO 181Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
GN 301Genetics in Human Affairs
MB 200The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World
NTR 301Introduction to Human Nutrition
HESM 212Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
HESM 213Human Sexuality
WGS 330Women and Health
HESM 284Women’s Health Issues
HESM 286Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Control
HESM 287Stress Management
PRT 200Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
SOC 381Sociology of Medicine
Total Hours: 16

Admission Process

  1. Read over all information regarding the minor program.
  2. Contact the minor program coordinator (
  3. Declare the minor through CODA in MyPack portal.
  4. Begin taking the required and/or elective courses in the minor program.
  5. Meet with the minor coordinator prior to enrolling in the minor practicum.

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