Personal Health (Minor)

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The personal health minor allows students with academic interests that lie outside the realm of medical and health sciences to explore and learn the latest information related to healthy lifestyles, including the attainment and retention of high quality personal health.

The program reflects the transdisciplinary nature of personal health by including courses from the nutrition, exercise and wellness and health sciences and health promotion areas. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to optimize their personal health and assume increased responsibility to move toward improved overall wellness.

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Personal Health (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required for all courses.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Elective Courses -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

Required minor courses: (12)

EXW 325 Fitness for Life (3)
HSC 210 Cultural Aspects of Health, C (3)
HSC 300 Complementary Health Care (3)
NTR 100 Introductory Nutrition (3)

Elective minor courses: (6)

EXW 400 Stress Management for Wellness (3)
HSC 355 Eating for Lifelong Health, SB (3)
HSC 410 Supporting the Health of Older Adults (3)
HSC 412 Health Issues in Later Life (3)
HSC 435 Environmental Health Issues in the U.S. (3)

A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required for all courses.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement:2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS in dietetics; BS in food and nutrition entrepreneurship; BS in nutritional sciences; BS in exercise and wellness; BS in health education and health promotion; BS in health sciences (healthy lifestyles coaching)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor in personal health provides students with skills in many areas of exercise, nutrition and emotional health which can enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program. Graduates can pursue careers in workplace wellness, the medical field or public health, among many other career options, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide.

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