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Health and Wellbeing requirements
Understood as more than the absence of disease, the concept of health and wellbeing combines elements of genetic, biological, psychological, behavioral and social practices and processes. In this one-of-a-kind minor, students are introduced to health and wellbeing through this wide spectrum of topics.
The courses in this program are designed to assist students in obtaining the scientific knowledge related to health and wellbeing to promote intelligent decision-making. It also amplifies the curriculum for students who wish to work in the health or mental health professions, or hope to be engaged in public policy related to health and well-being.
Course topics include nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, healthy environment, psychology, public health policy, and more. Six schools across the University of Virginia have joined forces to create this minor that helps view this topic from a wide spectrum. UVA students enrolled in this minor have unprecedented access to classes in the following schools:
- Curry School of Education
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Architecture
- Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Total Credits Required
The 19-credit undergraduate minor in Health and Wellbeing will include courses distributed across three broad academic domains: 1) Physical Health and Wellbeing; 2) Emotional/Mental Health and Wellbeing; and 3) Health Policy and Healthy Environment. Students will be required to complete one required foundation course under each of these three domains, for a total of nine credits. The foundation courses are designed to engage students in obtaining relevant scientific knowledge related to health and wellbeing to promote intelligent decision-making that can be used to improve their quality of life. For the remaining nine credits needed to complete the minor, students take elective courses within any of the domains to deepen their knowledge base in a specific area of interest.
Required Culminating Seminar
Students will enroll and complete a one-credit culminating seminar at the end of the minor or concurrently during the semester they complete the minor coursework. The culminating seminar will be taught by Luke Kelly in the Department of Kinesiology and will be cross-listed in each participating department so that each unit receives credit for their respective students. The culminating seminar will consist of a series of seminars designed to have the students discuss, synthesize, and apply what they have learned from this multidisciplinary minor on health and well-being and then to demonstrate this knowledge via either an individual or small group poster presentation given at an annual spring conference on health and well-being.