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Health and Wellness *

Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Contact Information

Health and Wellness
School of Public Health and Health Professions
211 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716.829.6792
Fax: 716.829.2428
Web Address: sphhp.buffalo.edu/community-health-and-health-behavior/education/health-and-wellness-minor.html
Dr. Gary Giovino
Heather Kearns, MPH
Undergraduate Program Director

Program Overview

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, Social and Preventive Medicine, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Psychology, Counseling and Educational Psychology, Student Affairs, and Nursing. The program will examine theories and research related to health promotion in order to provide a foundation in the concepts of healthy living and prepare students for careers in health and wellness. 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. These clinical experiences offer emphasis in the areas of: wellness in the campus environment, corporate or community health promotion.

The minor can also provide a solid foundation for enrolling in UB's Masters of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Community Health and Health Behavior (CHHB). The MPH is a 2 year degree program; however, students with a minor in Health and Wellness can complete the MPH in 3 semesters of study. Students interested in this option should talk with their advisors to ensure that the most appropriate electives are selected. Questions about the MPH in CHHB can be directed to the Concentrations Director, Dr. Gregory Homish (ghomish@buffalo.edu).

Last updated: July 03, 2015 10:35 am EST