Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Health and Wellness Minor

School of Public Health and Health Professions

211 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214
Dr. David P. Hostler III
Heather Kearns, MPH
Undergraduate Program Director

Why study Health and Wellness Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Health and Wellness minor is an interdisciplinary program that gives students a foundation in the concepts of health promotion and wellness education. Courses in the minor are offered through the departments of Community Health and Health Behavior, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Psychology, Counseling and Educational Psychology, and Wellness Education Services. The program will examine theories and research related to health promotion. The Health and Wellness minor includes courses related to prevention, health maintenance and health education, within the context of health and wellness promotion for diverse populations. A variety of issues will be addressed, including obesity, tobacco use, sexual health, violence prevention, alcohol use, exercise and nutrition. The minor requires a practicum or internship experience to provide an opportunity for application of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

The Health and Wellness minor program provides a foundation in the concepts of healthy living and prepares students for careers in health and wellness.

Upon successful completion of the minor students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs.
  • Demonstrate communication skills and expertise in promoting health behavior change.
  • Demonstrate skills in peer education.

The Learning Environment

Students will take a series of courses related to health promotion, wellness and peer education. Class size varies in required courses ranging from 20 to 60 students per class. Practicum experience is required and provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in promoting health and wellness in various settings. Students may select from a variety of elective courses to tailor the minor based on their interests.

About Our Facilities

Students will complete coursework in classrooms on both North and South Campuses. Participation in practicum experiences will afford students opportunities to gain practical experience in health promotion and wellness settings both on and off-campus.

About Our Faculty

The department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences includes 12 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 5 clinical faculty members, and 7 affiliated faculty members. Faculty research interests include: environmental physiology; emergency responder health and safety; temperature regulation; obesity; food motivation; phytosterols; and caffeine use. Over 130 classes a year are taught by ENS faculty with the support of seven teaching assistants. Undergraduate courses are primarily taught by full-time faculty members with specializations in nutrition and exercise physiology.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Exercise Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career opportunities exist in the areas of public health, corporate and community health promotion, and campus health and wellness. Graduate study in Public Health in the area of Community Health and Health Behavior is also an option. Students who excel in this field have excellent communication skills, knowledge of behavior change, good administrative skills and a desire to help people live healthier lives.

Academic Advising

The Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is the centralized advisement unit in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). The office provides advisement services to undergraduate students in the prerequisite phase of the program. The overarching mission of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is to provide academic advising and retention efforts that strengthen and enhance the diversity of the student body.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Contact the Exercise & Nutrition Sciences department’s academic advisor at (716-829-6792) or email pjsotelo@buffalo.edu.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:58:44 AM