University Catalog 2023-2024

Health (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!


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.

Recent practicum experiences have included projects with:

  • AIDS Alliance
  • American Cancer Society
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center
  • Local middle school health classes
  • Lucy Daniels Center
  • NCSU Athletics
  • Olympus Athletic Club
  • Summer Camps 
  • University Dinning/Nutrition
  • NCSU Wellness and Recreation 

For more information about this program, visit our ​website.


Department of Health and Exercise Studies
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8111
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111

Joy Kagendo
Lecturer and Health Minor Coordinator
North Carolina State University, Box 8111
1161A Wellness and Recreation Center
Raleigh, NC 27695-8111
919.515.3361 (main)

Plan 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
Personal Health
Health Planning and Programming
Methods of Health Promotion
Practicum in Health 1
Elective Courses 29
Biology in the Modern World
and Biology in the Modern World Laboratory
Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
Genetics in Human Affairs
The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
Human Sexuality
Responding to Emergencies
Women's Health Issues
Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Control
Stress Management
Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
Sociology of Medicine
Total Hours16