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Nutrition Minor

The Nutrition Minor is designed for students interested in understanding food, where it comes from, and how it affects health. Students in the minor develop knowledge and skills that supplement their major, and that are helpful for improving overall health in individuals and communities. Through classroom and experiential learning, the program will train you to:

  • Identify principle food sources and functions of nutrients, fiber and vitamins/minerals in the body
  • Describe the biological, psychological, cultural and social factors that affect diet
  • Recognize the relationships between nutrition, wellness and disease
  • Understand the social determinants of nutrition, and the health consequences for diverse populations across the lifespan

Completing the Nutrition Minor improves your marketability in many professional paths, including public health, nursing, kinesiology, psychology, tourism and hospitality, business, education, health communication and journalism, marketing, health professions, and sports and recreational management. The minor also prepares students to pursue graduate training or research in dietetics and nutrition, and to enhance their personal understanding of rapidly changing messages about diet and health.   

Program Curriculum

The 18-credit minor is structured as follows:

Core courses (9 credits)

  • SBS 1104: Nutrition & Health
  • SBS 1114: Cultural Nutrition
  • SBS 2104: Nutrition in the Lifecycle

Electives: Choose three courses (9 credits)

  • SBS 2204: Diet & Weight Management 
  • SBS 2105: Nutrition in the Community
  • KINS 4315: Applied Performance Nutrition
  • SBS 2103: Cooking & Presenting Food Fundamentals
  • SBS 2103: Health Psychology & Human Behavioral
  • CRP 2251: Sustainable Food Systems Planning
  • HOR 2334/2353: Food Crops 1 or Food Crops 2

*Others by advisement

Upcoming Course Offerings: Check Out The Undergraduate Bulletin For More Information!

  • SBS 1104: Nutrition & Health
  • SBS 1114: Cultural Nutrition
  • SBS 2204: Diet & Weight Management

Core Faculty Members

Marissa Cloutier, DSc, Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Cloutier is perhaps best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling book on the Mediterranean Diet. An award-winning instructor, she seeks to break down classroom walls by engaging students in experiential and service learning and involving them in political lobbying activities.

Deirdre Ann Dingman, DrPH, Community Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Dingman has a unique background in social work and public health, which drives her interest in understanding social and environmental determinants of dietary intake. A former Public Health Law Research Fellow at Temple University, she also studies how policies influence consumption of calories and potentially influence health outcomes.

Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Fisher is associate director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education, where she directs the Family Eating Laboratory. She has an international reputation for her research on eating behavior in infants and children, which also has garnered widespread media attention, including from the New York Times, the PBS Scientific American Frontiers series, and the Discovery Health Channel.

Chantelle Hart, PhD, Clinical Psychology (Specialization in Pediatric Psychology), Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Hart is a clinical psychologist by training who focuses on the use of behavioral approaches
for prevention and treatment of obesity in childhood, particularly the role of enhancing children’s
sleep to decrease obesity risk.

David Sarwer, PhD, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Sarwer is Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Health and Director of
Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education. He has led a number of studies
looking at the dietary habits and eating behaviors of individuals with obesity.

Gina Tripicchio, PhD, Nutrition (Intervention & Policy), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Tripicchio’s research focuses on behavioral interventions to address childhood obesity, with an emphasis on innovative approaches to delivery and evaluation. She is passionate about addressing health disparities that affect underserved children.

Questions? Contact us: 

Caite Wolak, Public Health Undergraduate Program Director